UNDATED – A Michigan man says he learned of his wife's affair by reading her e-mail on their computer. Now he's facing trial on charges of felony computer misuse.
It's a case that is sparking arguments around the country.
Leon Walker could go to jail for snooping in his wife's e-mail. He says the charges are "Outrageous. It's insane."
Last summer, the 33 year old, suspecting his wife was involved with another man, logged in to her g-mail account. Easy to do, he says, because his wife kept the password in a book next to the computer. The e-mails, according to Walker, bore out his suspicions. "I definitely felt it was OK to confirm that by reading her e-mail in our home."
Prosecutors say Walker, a computer technician himself, illegally hacked into his wife's computer after she had filed for divorce. His lawyer calls that an overzealous reach. "People who live under the same roof, be they married or not, and who share a computer--as in this instance--they may have some personal privacy lines that they adhere to. And if they don't, that's between the two individuals," said Leon Weiss, defense attorney.
Prosecutors scoff at defense claims that Walker is a victim. Two Michigan judges have refused to throw out the felony charges, making it the state's first criminal prosecution for snooping in a spouse's e-mail.