Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Husband Who Snooped Wife's Emails Charged Under Hacker Law

Some poor dude, Leon Walker, is having a tough time lately.  He's currently facing a trial, get this, for opening his wife's Gmail account to discover she was having an affair!  Not only did he learn his lady was cheating on him, he's going on trial for discovering she was:
"Walker was charged after opening the Gmail account of his wife, Clara, who was married twice previously. Walker found she was having an affair with her second husband, who had once been arrested for beating her in front of her young son from her first husband."  Source
Leon's wife Clara discovered her emails had been read so she went to the authorities.  The prosecutor saw an opportunity to file a case under the an anti-hacking law designed to protect trade secrets.  The defense attorney was dumbfounded:
"I've been a defense attorney for 34 years and I've never seen anything like this," Leon Weiss told the Detroit Free Press. "This is a hacking statute, the kind of statute they use if you try to break into a government system or private business for some nefarious purpose. It's to protect against identity fraud, to keep somebody from taking somebody's intellectual property or trade secrets."
The attorney ended the interview by asking  "Don't the prosecutors have more important things to do with their time?" The Oakland County prosecutor, Jessica Cooper, said Walker broke the law by hacking in to his former wife's account.

I can't help but laugh at this story.  My glass of wine doesn't help matters either.  Once in a great while the tables turn and men get in a pickle.  It doesn't happen very often but when it does, it's hilarious.