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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27-Litigation Tactics (Including Misrepresentations, Tape Recordings)

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

77-Communicating with an Individual Adversary

Nothing in the general provisions governing lawyer communications or the specific provisions governing prosecutors’ statements prohibits a prosecutor from stating in open court before a criminal defendant and the defendant’s lawyer that the defendant will face a jury trial under certain circumstances (in that jurisdiction, it is "commonly known" that juries impose longer sentences than judges).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn