News - 14 Dicembre 2020 Trump and Capital Punishment: Legitimate Timing or Self-Serving Political Theater? The issue is not whether the death penalty is constitutional; it is. The crimes committed by the condemned inmates were abhorrent. However, 10 people have been executed since July 2020-- seven of them just weeks before the presidential election in November, and one executed on Dec 10, International Human Rights Day. All were convicted of appalling murder related charges that the juries believed were worthy of a sentence of death. But were the inmates executed to help Trump win a second term?