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Cuccinelli: Document Connects Kaine, Soering


Richmond, VA - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is bringing former governor Tim Kaine back into the spotlight of the Jens Soering case.

Cuccinelli released a document Friday that he says shows a connection between Kaine and the convicted murderer, before he took office. But Kaine is denying the connection.

Kaine was criticized for his decision to allow Soering to transfer to a German prison, right before he left office. Soering is serving two life terms for killing his ex-girlfriend's parents in Bedford County back in 1985. He's the son of a German diplomat.

The document Cuccinelli released is an affidavit from 1988, written by Kaine.  It appears to have been used by Soering's defense attorneys.  Kaine was then a private attorney.

The affidavit does not mention Soering at all but instead talks about how complex and confusing it can be to litigate capital cases.

According to local media outlets, Cuccinelli does say that even if the affidavit was written in connection with a different case, Kaine should have been aware of it.  Those reports also say Kaine says this document was a part of public record and he had nothing to do with the matter.

This comes one day after a Richmond judge dismissed a lawsuit that challenged Governor McDonnell's decision to revoke Soering's transfer.

Read the complete document of Soering's plea here

Read the European court document, including the affidavit here

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