The big news out of Richmond on Thursday evening was that a circuit court tossed a challenge to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s authority to deny the transfer of convicted double murderer Jens Soering into German custody.
Soering, the son of a former German diplomat, was sentenced to two life sentences for the brutal 1985 slaying of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
For those who haven’t followed the case, here’s a time line. What pops out of the list?
On his last day as governor, Tim Kaine agreed to send Soering back home, where he would serve his time — not life in prison, but a couple of years.
In short, if McDonnell had not stopped the transfer, Soering would be a free man today.
I interviewed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli about the case, and asked him what prompted Kaine — who had previously denied Soering’s request for transfer, to agree to it as he was turning out the lights on his term in office. Cuccinelli replied “Lord only knows.” Kaine has waffled, shuffled and mumbled his way through a series of pseudo-explanations for his last second change of heart, but none of them make sense. Here’s one of Kaine’s attempted rationalizations from last December’s debate with George Allen. The German government had promised Kaine that, if Soering was handed over, he would serve two more years in prison and never be allowed to come back to the U.S.:
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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