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There are a number of reasons why it's a bad idea to go poking around your spouse's email without his/her consent. For one, it's an invasion of privacy. Secondly, you might not like you find. Third, there's that whole trust factor. Need a fourth? It could land you in court.
That's the lesson Leon Walker is learning the hard way. After allegedly logging into his wife's Gmail account on a laptop he and the Mrs. share, the 33-year-old is being charged with a felony usually reserved for more serious crimes, like identity theft or stealing trade secrets, The Free Press reports.
According to the report, Walker's snooping led to the discovery that his was wife was having an affair. The two were later divorced, but Walker will have to stand trial on February 7, 2011.
"It's going to be interesting because there are no clear legal answers here," said Frederick Lane, a Vermont attorney and a published expert in electronic privacy. "I would guess there is enough gray area to suggest that she could not have an absolute expectation of privacy."
If you could play judge and jury, how would you rule in this case? Should Walker be busted for breaking into his wife's Gmail account, and if so, how would you punish him?