US man faces trial for reading wife's email

Thirty-three-year-old Walker used wife's password to access Gmail account; says was trying to protect children from neglect.

December 28, 2010 06:45
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Michigan – A Rochester Hills man who said he learned of his wife's affair by reading her e-mail on their computer faces trial February 7 on felony computer misuse charges.

Thirty-three-year-old Leon Walker used his wife's password to get into her Gmail account. Clara Walker filed for a divorce, which was granted this month.

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Leon Walker told The Oakland Press of Pontiac he was trying to protect the couple's children from neglect and called the case a "miscarriage of justice."

Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Sydney Turner said the charge is justified.

Privacy law writer Frederick Lane told the Detroit Free Press the law typically is used to prosecute identity theft and stealing trade secrets. He said he questions if a wife can expect privacy on a computer she shares with her husband.

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