Man Charged for Snooping through Wife’s Email Account

For some time Leon Walker of Michigan wondered if his wife was involved in an affair. Suspecting that the affair may affect their daughter, Walker logged into his wife’s Gmail account and found the answers he was looking for – proof that confirmed the affair.

According to Walker, it was easy logging into his wife’s Gmail account, as she kept usernames and passwords in a book next to her computer. He felt that it was okay to confirm the affair by reading through her e-mails at their home.

Prosecutors of Oakland County felt it was not okay, and charged Walker with felony misuse of a computer. Conviction could lead to a 5-year imprisonment sentence for Walker.

GMail Man Charged for Snooping through Wife’s Email Account

This case is Michigan’s first criminal prosecution for illegally accessing an email account by a spouse. To date, two Michigan judges have refused to dismiss the charges in the potentially precedent-setting case.

Prosecutors said that Walker, a computer technician, illegally hacked into his wife’s computer after she had filed for a divorce. Walker’s lawyers, however, calls the prosecution’s claim an overzealous application of a law meant to protect trade secrets and credit card data.

Prosecutors are not budging and continued with the prosecution.

Although we believe that conviction may take place, and the defense may not have much ground to stand on, we look forward to the outcome of this interesting case.

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