These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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21-Reporting Another Lawyer's Unethical Conduct

77-Communicating with an Individual Adversary

A prosecutor may not send the defendant a copy of a letter that the prosecutor sends to the defendant's lawyer, without the lawyer's consent, even if the prosecutor believes that the lawyer has not communicated a plea agreement offer to the defendant. Instead, the prosecutor should consider advising the disciplinary authorities that the lawyer may not be fulfilling the ethical obligation to pass along all pertinent information to the lawyer's client.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn