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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24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

51-Government Attorneys

77-Communicating with an Individual Adversary

Because a Commonwealth's Attorney does not represent a victim/ witness, the lawyer may rely on the testimony of the victim/ witness in one prosecution and prosecute the victim/witness in a related prosecution (although the Commonwealth's Attorney may communicate directly with the victim/witness only with counsel's consent if the victim/witness is represented).

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