So here goes.
Someone posted this blog comment out in the blogosphere in response to the Roger Coleman news:
I consider myself part of the anti-death penalty crowd, but this reminds me
of the perhaps apocryphal story of a Missouri governor visiting the
penitentiary in the late 1800s. Asking prisoners about their stories, he was
beseiged with innocent men seeking pardons. Finally one guy, however, admitted
that he had done his crime and was looking forward to finishing the time he had
to pay for his mistake. The governor ordered the guilty man freed. "I don't want
this criminal in here corrupting all of these innocent men," he explained.