Though discussing the powers of the governor to refuse a demand for extradition, a New York court long ago wisely reasoned that:
[i]f [a defendant] has committed offenses against the laws of two states, it is not for him [or her] to choose in which state he [or she] shall be held to answer. Naturally he [or she] would always choose that in which the punishment would be the lighter, or the chances of conviction the least. . . .
In the very nature of things, it is desirable that the power should rest somewhere in the state to refuse to give up a prisoner until he has satisfied the claims of the state against him, or
to waive the enforcement of those claims, and surrender him to another state for the satisfaction of its laws. If such power did not exist, a criminal might easily evade or postpone his just punishment for the gravest of crimes committed in one state by the commission of a crime of much less magnitude in another.
People ex rel. Gallagher v. Hagan, 34 Misc. 85, __, 69 N.Y.S. 475, 477 (1901).