December 29th, 2010
02:22 PM ET

Husband defends reading wife's e-mails


Detroit, Michigan, computer technician Leon Walker faces a jury trial in February for allegedly hacking into his then-wife's e-mail account.

"She'd asked me to read her e-mails before," Walker said in an interview this week. "She gave me the password before. She didn't hide it."

Walker says the e-mails revealed that Clara Walker, who has been married three times, was having an affair with her second husband.

Walker, the third husband, shared the documents with his wife's first husband, who then used them to file an emergency motion to obtain custody of his son with Clara Walker. Leon Walker said he and the first husband were both concerned because, according to Walker, husband No. 2 had been previously arrested on a domestic violence charge.

"He took action with the courts to have himself protected and I took action with the court to have my daughter protected," Walker said.

When Clara Walker learned how the e-mails made their way into court, she complained to police.

Oakland County, Michigan, Prosecutor Jessica Cooper used a state anti-hacking law to charge Leon Walker with a felony.

Cooper did not immediately respond to CNN calls for comment, but the Detroit Free Press published a voice-mail from her.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. teresa, ohio

    @kevin: so true. women do "spy" on men... it's what we do.

    this guy should not be prosecuted in the least bit. if he is, this opens a whole new arena for the courts.

    on the other hand: if one has a tiny inkling something is going on, AND the partner changes their password one previously freely had, there is always a problem.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  2. Martina

    WOW! What a waste of resources when real crime is being committed. I guess Oakland County has a slush fund, and crime is so low (in MI) that the prosecutor's office is bored to tears.

    Jessica Cooper really is neglecting to realize who the true victim is. The child. If it wasn't for Leon Walker (hero) the innocent child could be in a nasty situation that no one would probably believe until too late. Like many times before.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:42 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Gosh this bit of dirt does not deserve the space.
    If you think how Wikileaks got thier data from a guy who had password access and passed it on this other guy it is no different he used a password his wife gave to him QED he hacked nothing. And the world/ MEDIA says its Ok for wikileaks, but not the guy who accessed (not hacked) hacking = accessing data and information to which you have no right, secret or confidential government documents where the information has international consequences.
    This is a domestic dispute and a civil case between a man and his wife, where she may have committed adultery. The only sad part is the Kid.
    How the Oakland Prosecutor can think a felony was committed here defeats me, she will never be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the wife did not tell him her password.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:41 am |
  4. Jester

    First, this is a ridiculous use of time and money for the prosecution to pursue such a case and just as ridiculous for the judges of Oakland County Courts to entertain such a case. Second, the prosecution has no leverage in this case as this statute is not meant to address issues of “criminal law” nature. Third, there are many factors being overlooked that make the prosecutions argument seem amateur at most. Finally, based on the information provided thus far there was no law broken except by that of Clara Walker (prosecution) for adultery (which in Michigan is a felony carrying heavy penalties…) and child endangerment. But because this case is being entertained by the justice system I have to ask, where has society and government morals shifted if the legal system and people support such a case from a nefarious person?

    December 30, 2010 at 12:18 am |
  5. Jorge

    Is so sad to know husbands with so low confidence, ladies if fhis your case you need a new husband don't waist your time with losers.

    December 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
  6. Kevin C.

    This is overkill. Women read emails, mail, and search cell phones all the time. Never heard of one being prosecuted!

    December 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  7. Susanna Tyagi

    Sounds like my husband. That's okay. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I don't have anything to hide. Not yet, anyway.

    December 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  8. Gary

    Sounds like a classy lady...she should loose her kids. They don't need to see mommys 4th or 5th husband either. Here's an idea...don't cheat on your spouse. If her ex was dangerous on top of that he has every right to protect his children. He sounds like the responsible one of the two anyways and if you didn't want him to read your emails...don't give him the passwords. What a waist of tax dollars here.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  9. Pebbles

    He illegally obtained information to attack in a vicious way. He could have handled the situation totally different. It's the law!

    December 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  10. Amy

    Totally ridiculous. He is the victim here and the wife is trying to blame him.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm |