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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31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

51-Government Attorneys

A Commonwealth's Attorney argued that defense counsel should be obligated to notify the prosecutor or court when a client subject to incarceration has exhausted or abandoned appellate rights. Because such a disclosure could hurt the client, the defense counsel was under no duty to make such a revelation.

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