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McDonnell reverses Kaine's decision on Soering murder case

Anita Kumar

It only took four days.

In his first reversal of his predecessor's actions, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) sent a letter last night to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revoking the state's consent to the transfer of convicted murderer and former University of Virginia honors student Jens Soering to Germany.

In his letter McDonnell said he was not privy to former Gov. Tim Kaine (D)'s decision last week to allow Soering's transfer to his native Germany, nor was he consulted. But since taking office, he has been contacted by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, legislators and others who opposed Kaine's action.

"All parties are in agreement that Virginia must oppose this transfer,'' McDonnell said. "I believe that as the Governor of Virginia, with custody of Jens Soering, I am responsible for ensuring that justice is done. It is imperative that Soering serve out his punishment in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Consequently, I hereby revoke Virginia's consent to the transfer of Soering to the federal government."

Soering, the son of a German diplomat, was convicted by a Bedford County Circuit Court jury of two counts of first degree murder for the 1985 killings of his girlfriend's parents' in a case that made international headlines.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 20, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Thank you Governor McDonnell for reversing the furtive decision of your predecessor. Jens Soering brutally killed the Haysoms and should, in accordance with the judgment of the trial court, serve his two life sentences in Virginia _in full_. That's all nice that he writes books about religion, but he remains a murderer, one who would do it again if the opportunity presented itself.

Posted by: vuac | January 21, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

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