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Goodlatte Urges DOJ To Reject Soering Transfer

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Today Congressman Bob Goodlatte sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Department of Justice reject the request made by former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to transfer convicted murderer Jens Soering to Germany. The transfer of Soering to Germany would mean that he could conceivably serve 2 years or less of his two life sentences for the brutal murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom.

"I find the request made by former Governor Kaine, before he left office, to transfer Jens Soering to be reprehensible" said Rep. Goodlatte. "Virginia's judicial process tried Soering for these crimes and he was found guilty. Transferring Soering to Germany would undermine the judicial process in Virginia and would undermine any sense of justice the family of the victims and the residents of Central Virginia have gained by his conviction."

Pursuant to the International Prisoner Transfer Program the Department of Justice could consider transfering Jens Soering to Germany if the German government and the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia approved the transfer. Kaine's request and the German government's willingness to accept the transfer of Soering now leaves the decision in the hands of the Department of Justice.

"The nature of these murders was brutal and the public outcry over the potential transfer has already been great in the affected community of Central Virginia, and I have heard from many constituents who are outraged by the request including some who have been personally involved with or touched by the case," continued Rep. Goodlatte. "I hope DOJ will weigh these factors heavily and will reject the transfer of Soering to Germany."

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