Part 5 in a Series
1:41 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Why a Convicted Killer Could Be Paroled

Soering Supporters Protest in Berlin

When former Governor Tim Kaine approved the transfer of a German national from the Buckingham Correctional Center to his homeland four years ago, his political opponents were furious, and as soon as he took office, Governor Bob McDonnell blocked the deal. 

The prisoner was Jens Soering, a University of Virginia honors student, convicted in the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18.  During the current campaign for governor neither candidate has mentioned Soering, the prisoner’s future could depend on who is elected.

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Sarah Harris covers the Champlain Valley for Innovation Trail. She was an assistant teacher for the first class of the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Sarah's work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Sarah is a 2010 recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, has lived abroad in the Maldives and Nepal, and is a graduate of Middlebury College.

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Part 4 in a Series
12:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jens Soering: Politics & Diplomacy Could Set Him Free

The Virginia Parole Board has, again, refused to release Jens Soering, a former honors student from the University of Virginia, convicted of killing his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents with a knife. 

She is also behind bars as an accomplice to the gruesome crime.  Both have been model prisoners, and both are eligible for parole or a pardon from the governor. 

Pressure from Soering’s homeland, Germany, is building, and some prominent people here in Virginia question his guilt.

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Law & Crime
5:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Justices Reverse VT Wrongful Death Verdict Against State

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a wrongful death verdict stemming from the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, which killed 32 people.

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Government & Politics
5:43 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Website Woes Continue for Health Insurance Exchange

While some Democratic members of Congress have criticized the unsuccessful rollout of the federal health insurance exchange website, others disagree.

Calls to delay some of the requirements of the Affordable Act Care escalated when Democratic New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen wrote an open letter to President Obama after the website’s problems emerged.

But several members of Virginia's congressional delegation say they are too quick to ask for a delay in its implementation.

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Environment
5:33 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Environmental Group Says New Road Will Destroy Wetlands

Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out  valuable wetlands. 

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