Reading your spouse’s email may get you busted!

Posted on: December 27, 2010

In this high tech age, privacy is all but forgotten. What you email or twitter or put on your Facebook account can be read by anyone. However, a man from Rochester Hills, Michigan found that reading his wife’s emails may bring criminal charges against him.

How could this happen?

Thirty-three-year-old Leon Walker was suspicious that his wife was having an affair. He was able to use his wife’s password to get into her Gmail account and found out that his wife was having an affair. However, Walker claims that he was trying to protect their children from neglect because he found out that his wife was having an affair with her second husband who had been arrested for beating her in front of her young son from her first husband. So this means his wife is a three time loser when it comes to husbands. Walker justifies using his ex-wife’s email because he thought that she would take their daughter to her second husband’s house and he probably didn’t want his daughter exposed to this affair.

Walker and his wife were granted a divorce but an overzealous Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Sydney Turner is charging Walker for a felony computer misuse. This wacko Assistant Prosecutor claims that these charges are justified.

However, according to a privacy law writer, Frederick Lane, explains that typically felony computer misuse charges are used to prosecute identity theft and stealing trade secrets. He says he questions if a wife can expect privacy on a computer she shares with her husband.


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