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Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby DIMass » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:26 am

Man faces criminal charges for reading wife's e-mail

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20026611-71.html

Clara Walker's second husband was reportedly arrested for beating her in front of her small son. So Leon Walker felt it right that the son's father should see the e-mails.

However, the Oakland County prosecutor, Jessica Cooper, believes Leon Walker is simply a cyberthief. She told the Free Press: "The guy is a hacker. It was password protected, he had wonderful skills and was highly trained. Then he downloaded them and used them in a very contentious way."

Cooper's feelings seem to have led her to use a Michigan statute that tends to cover ID theft or intellectual property. The Free Press reported that if he's convicted, Leon Walker could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

If you have ever enjoyed the queasy moment of discovering your lover has read your e-mails, you will be familiar with the feeling of having your very soul exposed to public view. You will also be familiar with the way your lover will undoubtedly misinterpret what is found, and accuse you of being not the person you were deemed to be.

However, perhaps you have never thought of taking your lover to court for having discovered, say, your cheery, confiding friendships with members of your target sex.
How much do you know about your lover?

You know, things that they don't know you know, things that you happen to have read when they might have idly left their laptop open on their Gmail homepage.

Or do you, perhaps, know your lover's password and regularly check what they write about you? Do you worry, indeed, that they are unfaithful in body as well as in spirit?

I ask because some enterprising justice-seeking prosecutors in Michigan have decided to bring charges against a husband for reading his wife's e-mail.

Specifically, according to the Detroit Free Press, 33-year-old Leon Walker is charged with using his wife's Gmail password to read her most intimate messages.

It so happens, the paper said, that having gleaned her password from a book his wife kept next to her laptop, Walker learned she was having an affair with her previous husband.

Walker reportedly claims that the laptop was one he had bought for his wife and that it was a laptop he used regularly. In addition, he told the Free Press that, having discovered the affair, he was concerned for his wife's son from her first marriage. (Leon Walker is her third husband.)

Should the prosecutors succeed, one might imagine a veritable flood of hurt feelings being tossed into the legal juicer and turned into prosecutorial consomme.

In the past, wives might discover strange phone numbers in their husbands' pockets. Husbands might rummage in an underwear drawer and find letters written to their wives by a strange, yet confident hand.

They got mad, they got divorced, but no one seemed to think a felony had been committed.

However, now that our whole lives are being recorded, perhaps our privacy on our e-mail accounts might become more precious than it has ever been on Facebook.
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby DIMass » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:37 am

This ought to be something to follow ..... Cyber Crimes ruled on by justices who normally adhere to Case Law/Statutes created in the times of George Washington.

Could you just imagine this man not knowing what was going on and his wife becoming pregnant from another then becoming subjected to CS and SS. Not sure what sentence is worse .... 5 years in prison or a lifetime of supporting another mans child/lifetime alimony.
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby Fatheroffour » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:40 am

Most likely the key phrase in the whole article is :

Then he downloaded them and used them in a very contentious way.


I assume downloading them means he accessed them off the server using the hacked password.

I'd also like to know what is the 'contentious' way he used them.
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby Fatheroffour » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:44 am

Had to read the article again for clairity.

She was married to her third husband. Sleeping with her second husband.

Second husband beat her up so third husband sent her emails to her first husband.

Got it, I think.
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby mcc333 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:11 am

I'm not going to read it again. The real crime is this NJ screwing around with 3 guys - STBX, X, current - the candy store is always open. She is the real criminal but lets prosecute these guys for reading emails.
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby DIMass » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:36 am

mcc333 wrote:I'm not going to read it again. The real crime is this NJ screwing around with 3 guys - STBX, X, current - the candy store is always open. She is the real criminal but lets prosecute these guys for reading emails.


Exactly my thoughts! ..... This case should have been dismissed .... what a can of worms they will opening and we (real victims) are left to pick up the tab. My first X had an affair right around the time my S18 was conceived. When I asked for a praternity test 17 years ago I was accused of damming my child.

The second was in the process of doing the same thing, luckily im out before something like this could have happened, but now im facing lifetime alimony. Just cant win......
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby maxtm1 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:36 am

I've just learned the other day that my yahoo account has had its password changed. I immediately changed it and the security question. A couple days later i started receiving text's and phone calls from my NJ ex wife saying she knows what i do/where i go and i need to tell her everything or she will take me back to court and get all < parenting time > taken away from me kids. Can she use this information in court? I don't know why she just cant leave me alone?
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby Fatheroffour » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:48 am

maxtm1 wrote:I've just learned the other day that my yahoo account has had its password changed. I immediately changed it and the security question. A couple days later i started receiving text's and phone calls from my NJ ex wife saying she knows what i do/where i go and i need to tell her everything or she will take me back to court and get all < parenting time > taken away from me kids. Can she use this information in court? I don't know why she just cant leave me alone?


I suggest you ignore her and file and save all her communications to use against her if and when the time comes.

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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby Trevor » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:30 pm

You guys are better than me...I couldn't get past the jacked-up "writing" in the article to bother understanding the story.
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Re: Michigan man charged after reading wife's email.

Postby datum » Mon May 02, 2011 11:02 pm

If one obtains NJ's email password (hypothetically), is it possible to use emails NJ sent to friends in court?
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