Illinois Governor George Ryan is preparing to commute the sentences of most of the inmates on death row. This is probably a good thing, as Illinois has had to free a surprising number of condemned prisoners who later turned out the be almost-certainly innocent. Not just technically not guilty, mind you, but really innocent, as in somebody else did it.
From the Reuters piece:
Ryan said he was sending letters to the families of the condemned inmates as well as to the kin of their alleged victims outlining his decisions.
Even with the questions raised, it seems a little silly for Reuters to use that
“alleged” when talking about convicted criminals.