Sapphire - posted on 12/27/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )
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.)
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,