Man could serve time for reading wife's e-mail

Posted by Mark Raby

Leon Walker secretly logged into his wife's e-mail account to find out she had been in contact with her second husband behind his back, but when he confronted her about it, instead of apologizing, she opened up a lawsuit against him.

The 33-year-old man from Rochester Hills, Michigan said he was merely looking out for the welfare of his son. The second husband in question has previously been charged with assaulting the child. Walker showed the e-mails to his wife's first husband, the biological father of the child.

"I was doing what I had to do. We’re talking about putting a child in danger," said Walker in a Detroit Free Press story. But Walker's wife sees it differently. She's focused on the fact that her husband - her third husband - was violating her privacy.

The lawsuit points to Michigan's "computer misuse" law and calls Walker a "hacker" who violated his wife's right to privacy. But there is a question as to whether or not Mrs. Walker had a right to privacy in a house where the computer was shared between the two parties involved.

In the Detroit Free Press report, privacy law expert Frederick Lane also lambasted the prosecution, saying they should have "more important things to do" than settle a petty argument between a married couple.

In more legal news for Leon Walker, his wife has now filed for divorce. Surprise, surprise.