Hubby Busted for Hacking Into Cheating Wife's Email

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http://www.newser.com/story/108336/hubby...

He faces 5 years in prison
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff

Posted Dec 27, 2010 2:42 AM CST | Updated Dec 27, 2010 6:00 AM CST

(Newser) – A Michigan man faces five years in prison for hacking into his wife's email. Leon Walker, 33, was charged with a felony after he accessed his wife Clara's account—and discovered she was having an affair. The affair was with her second husband, who was once arrested for beating her in front of her son. So Walker, who is Clara's third husband, turned over the emails to the boy's biological dad (husband No. 1) to protect the boy, he says.


"I have to ask, 'Don't prosecutors have more important things to do with their time?" asked Walker's attorney. In charging him, prosecutors relied on a Michigan statue that is generally used to prosecute those who commit identify theft or steal trade secrets—it's the first time it has been used in a domestic case. As such, the case could have an impact on divorce cases, nearly half of which involve some sort of snooping into private accounts, reports the Detroit Free Press. (Click for a scientific explanation of why some people can't stay faithful.)

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Some of the comments are interesting. Definately a double standard here. The guys hacks into the wife's email, which yes, it is indeed a crime. After all, none of us are allowed to hack into our employer's email, payroll email, etc. without consequence. Why should hacking into a sposue's email be different? However, he discovered her affair, and I bet there is a statute that the husband (#3) can use against husband #2,

Your thoguhts?

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Stifler's - posted on 12/30/2010

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I like him NOT reading my email lol or facebook.. it's mine. I share everything else like our wardrobe and bed pffft

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When you get married everything you have should become common property and I don't think a husband or wife should be prosecuted for opening their spouses mail, email, anything. I go on my husbands facebook, email, myspace, everything and he has full access to mine.

Stifler's - posted on 12/28/2010

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I don't get it, why is he being prosecuted? Is she pressing charges.. the article doesn't say..

Jackie - posted on 12/28/2010

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So I guess I could potentially go to jail because I went through my bf's phone and found all of the texts msgs from some girl? Pffft....

Katherine - posted on 12/28/2010

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Noway! I didn't know you could be prosecuted for hacking into your own wife's account.
I live in Michigan and I'm downright shocked.
So that means I can't hack into Matt's e-mail to see if he cheated on me.....

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I was following another article on this and in the man's defense, it is a shared computer, although each have their own email account. The husband stupiditly stated that he tried several passwords until he got in to the wife's email. DUMB! I hope it does get thrown out of court becasue it's a huge waste of taxpayer's money.
In the U.S. it is illegal to open up someone else's mail, yet spouses/parnter's do it all the time. But it can easily turn into a legal battle if someone wants to be vindictive.

Corinne - posted on 12/28/2010

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Wow, what a mess! My husband and I always open each others mail, cause we're open with each other about everything, he has a card for my credit card account, we know each others passwords for everything and borrow each others phones all the time, we're a team, we do have our own 'cash stash' but again, I know where his is, he knows where mine is. Not cool to hack your partners email, but he was obviously suspicious of something she was doing, and as far as the kid is concerned, if she knocking about with someone who is abusive, he should be with his real father and not subjected to this crap. I think he did the right thing in exposing her, even if it has whipped up a shit storm. Hope they throw it out of court and commend him for putting the kid first.

Stifler's - posted on 12/28/2010

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I open the phone bill with his name on it because I pay the bill while he's at work yeah that's the only thing important that I open that doesn't have my name on it. My name is on the account though so I can ring up and change things but the bill just says his name. His bank statements, emails, text messages, etc. I just leave for him to open.

Jodi - posted on 12/28/2010

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So, Emma, you never open ANY of your partner's mail? I do it all the time. Not with any intent, just because I pay the bills and deal with all the personal stuff, but I still open mail addressed to him. Apparently that's against the law too.........

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I agree Sharon, this guy needs to plead not guilty and take it to trial. I doubt they would even get to jury selection let alone past it.

Sharon - posted on 12/27/2010

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I think its on par with snail mail. I've never heard of a spouse being arrested for opening their spouses credit card statement?

I wonder who pays for the account? Could it be argued that its a Joint acct if the funds for the internet connection from a joint checking acct? Could it be argued as the account belongs to him if he pays for the internet service?

Its a joke and i think it'll be thrown out of court.

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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And yeah, she sounds like a real winner.....that poor little kid. Where is anyone protecting his interests, other than the one person who was arrested?

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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I think it is a sad state of affairs (no pun intended) when society will arrest and jail a person for the method he used to expose his wife's affair, and yet she can violate her marriage contract with little or no consequence.

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Yeah, I agree Kate. But SHE'S not being brought up on charges for tramping around! I suppose the state of Michigan feels it's fine & dandy to cheat on your spouse, but don't you dare hack into his/her email!

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