Woman Sentenced To Home Detention For Reading Other's Email

from the it's-a-crime dept

I’ve heard plenty of stories of people being able to intercept and read someone else’s email. Now, for the first time, a judge has sentenced a woman to home detention for just such a crime. He originally planned to send her to jail, but decided she was better off at home, where she could take care of her kids. The woman had apparently been intercepting and reading emails intended for her husband’s ex-wife. Her attorney suggested that there’s nothing wrong with snooping through someone else’s email because it was for a good reason (the woman was concerned about the welfare of her husband’s kids). The judge claimed that intercepting and reading email is no different than intercepting and reading snail mail.

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