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    Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    He shouldn't have been going through his wife's e-mail, but in my opinion this should be more of a moral problem than a criminal problem. In other words, he was in the wrong, but he shouldn't go to jail or go to court over something so stupid.

    A Rochester Hills man faces up to 5 years in prison — for reading his wife’s e-mail.

    Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a Michigan statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, have charged Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he logged onto a laptop in the home he shared with his wife, Clara Walker.

    Using her password, he accessed her Gmail account and learned she was having an affair. He now is facing a Feb. 7 trial. She filed for divorce, which was finalized earlier this month.

    Legal experts say it’s the first time the statute has been used in a domestic case, and it might be hard to prove.

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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    Private communication is not private communication. Marriage does not give implied consent to access private email accounts any more than it gives implied consent to sex.
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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    Yeesh. This is how I figured out that my ex was cheating on me, as well. Now I learn I was committing a crime!

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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    If she told him the password, then she got what she deserved.
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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    What if he just guessed it because it wasn't a very secure password? ^.^

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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Private communication is not private communication. Marriage does not give implied consent to access private email accounts any more than it gives implied consent to sex.
    I would think it would depend on how he got her password. If she gave it to him, she was implying consent for him to access her account.
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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    somehow I suspect she is not going to jail for being a cheating whore.
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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    somehow I suspect she is not going to jail for being a cheating whore.
    That's the unfortunate part. The public stocks served a role, and that void has not been filled.

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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    What if he just guessed it because it wasn't a very secure password? ^.^
    Then he shouldn't have accessed the e-mail. I know my wife's password because she told it to me, although I would never access her e-mail account even if I did think she was cheating. I'd confront her directly if I thought that was going on.

    If she told it to him, she gets whatshe deserves and charging him with a crime for it is total bull****. If he guessed it, I still don't think he deserves to be charged with a felony, but a misdemeanor would be somewhat appropriate.

    Also, the security of passwords is an interesting thing. If a couple shares passwords for bank accounts and such, it's far easier to figure out what their passwords are elsewhere.
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    Re: Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

    If the wife were being open about her infidelity, I suspect the husband would never have read her e-mails. Here's the thing...most of us don't want to confront our significant others about the issue of infidelity without proof. If you have that conversation, you feel that you're as good as wrecking your marriage. Bringing it up without proof, too, you feel crazy, as if you're some absurdly jealous freak who is just imagining things. I certainly felt that I'd better have my ducks in a row before going there.

    Infidelity sucks, because it is basically a conspiracy on the part of one party to deprive the other party of information that they are legitimately entitled to. It's not just cheating, it's a major health risk. Is my cheating ex-spouse using a condom or is he exposing me to potentially fatal STDs?

    The worst part of cheating isn't that your spouse is sticking his dick in someone else (or vice versa). It's that he's lying and deceiving, depriving you of information that you need to make an informed decision about the marriage.

    I guessed my ex's password---very easily--because he used it elsewhere, and also because the recovery questions contained information that was known to me. The one piece of information that I DIDN'T have was that he was having a clandestine sexual relationship with someone else. It's funny how crazy that bit of information can make us.
    Last edited by Catz Part Deux; 12-28-10 at 11:33 AM.

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