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No extradition in German's Va. slayings

The United States government is refusing to transfer a German diplomat's son from a Virginia prison where he is serving two life terms for murder.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Tuesday letter to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell that Jens Soering won't be considered for an international transfer without the state's consent.

Soering is serving two life terms in Virginia for the 1985 stabbing deaths of his then-girlfriend's parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Bedford County.

The German government had requested the transfer and Democratic former Gov. Tim Kaine had asked the U.S. government to approve it.

Weeks later, Republican McDonnell took office and emphatically rescinded the request.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 7, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Tim Kaine the idiot to the last.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 7, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Why is Kaine an idiot? Getting rid of Soering would free up a prison cell, and resources for an American prisoner. Soering might not serve his full time if extridited, but he's been in prison since 1985, so that's plenty of time served. What does McDonnell gain by keeping him here?

Posted by: akchild | July 8, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Life should mean life in Virginia, not 12 years and 6 months for stabbing to death each of two human beings. If the German Government is unhappy with McDonnell's decision they can instruct their citizens not to come to Virginia and kill people.
Just like the American girl in Italy. As long as she had a fair trail and an attorney, the U.S. needs to butt out and quit interfering with Italian law.
She was a guest in their country and was involved in a murder. Now she wants to get the politicians involved to avoid her punishment.
Watch for Van Der Sloot's attorneys to pull the same thing to spring him from Peru.

Posted by: menopausequeen | July 8, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

akchild. you are the idiot. the guy killed two people and was sentenced to LIFE. being in prison since 1985 is not "plenty of time served" dumb ass.

Posted by: slim4 | July 8, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@akchild - I have to disagree with your comment because this man killed two people. I don't care if you're a diplomat, the Queen of England, or the President, murder is murder. He shouldn't see another day! German or American, he was in our country under our rules, therefore he must follow them or else suffer the consequences like he is doing...

Posted by: kelzdagreat16 | July 8, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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