• Press Release

Man with Serious Mental Disability to Be Executed in Virginia

July 6, 2017

Following the announcement that Gov. McAuliffe will not halt tonight’s execution of William Morva — a death row prisoner diagnosed with delusional disorder, a serious mental disability — James Clark, campaigner with Amnesty International USA, had the following reaction:

“The governor’s decision to allow the execution of someone with a serious mental disability is appalling and must be reversed. Mr. Morva’s deeply flawed case is not an aberration. It is typical of a death penalty system that is broken beyond repair, and the consequences are a matter of life and death.”