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Feb012011

Husband Will Go to Trial in E-Snooping Case

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DETROIT) -- A Michigan man who faces felony charges for snooping through his then-wife's e-mails and discovering she was having an affair will go to trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Leon Walker, 33, faces a charge of felony misuse of a computer under a state hacking law after he read Clara Walker's e-mails without her permission on a laptop in their Rochester Hills home in 2009. He has said he suspected that she was cheating on him.

If convicted, Walker could face up to five years in prison. Walker's trial date is set for April 11.

It's a case that could set bold new boundaries in the murky area of privacy between a husband and a wife. This is Michigan's first criminal prosecution for snooping through a spouse's e-mails. So far, two Michigan judges have refused to toss out the potentially precedent-setting case.

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