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E-MAIL PRIVACY: Michigan Man Could Serve 5 Years for Reading Wife's Email

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For a Michigan man, reading his then-wife's email account was not only eye-opening, it may be criminal, according to prosecutors in Oakland County, Michigan.Leon Walker, 33, is charged with a felony after accessing his spouse's Gmail account, according to

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 9:15 pm
Noted. This is ridiculous! The guy was doing the right thing! A felony? I don't think so! He deserves a medal--not jailtime. Thanks for submitting, Cal.

pam w (139)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 9:46 pm
"It’s entirely possible to say it’s unethical and immoral to read your wife’s e-mail, but the issue here is whether this [case] is inserting government into your bedroom," Levine said."

++++++ New technology brings new legal challenges! This one will be interesting to watch.

Sandra Watson (77)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 10:09 pm
I agree with Mary, this is ridiculous and petty!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 10:48 pm
America must be short of criminals for their flourishing prison industry.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 12:23 am
ca crimsh

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 12:25 am
sorry about typos

Michael Feenaughty (267)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 8:13 am

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 9:04 am
This sounds like something the lawyer may have suggested to milk this poor man of everything he has, including his freedom. THOUGH it may be worth 5 years of free room and board to be free of her.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 11:45 am
Thanks Cal

Lisa S (1)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 4:41 pm
Really? Wass he wrong to read her mail ? I think so! But come on! This is a waste of tax payer money!

Alisa S (2)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 4:41 pm
That's pretty extreme for just reading an e-mail.

Mary T (178)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 4:44 pm
It is getting crazy out here don't we already have enough people in jails now.

. (0)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 6:16 pm
I read this story when it first came out - apparently his wife was having an affair - they have since divorced… now before anyone gets on their high horse - the affair is not the point at issue here.

A lot of people were saying because it was a shared computer he had the right to read her mail… wrong!

Being a shared computer does not give him the right to use HER password and read HER e-mail in HER account.

Even if he found the password he should not have used it.

Yes they were married but is a husband and wife not allowed one shred privacy?

Most people like to have a bit of space they can call their own however that might be and it should be respected.

It is not about the affair…

People need to stick with the actual point here...

The actions he took to access an account that was not his.

Five years is a bit out there yes - but he broke the law as such.

That's all from me.

Marti Williams (170)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 6:22 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 6:57 pm
Come on now..I think maybe the wife was upset when her husband was reading her e-mail because, maybe, she had something to hide....!

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 4:08 am
if you suspect someone is doing something wrong, you try to find out the truth, right? Who has never eavesdropped on another's conversation? who has never checked their spouse/child pockets?
It is sometimes the only way we can put our mind at rest or have our suspicions confimed. It might not be a 'nice' thing to do, but when others misbehave behind our backs, what other options are left?

MmAway M (505)
Monday January 3, 2011, 8:18 am
Goodness, my cousin should for sure see this one...she changed her password because her hubby was always getting into her mail -- he rules the ROOST as they say -- Iowa!
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