Leon Walker, a computer technician, suspected his wife, Clara Walker, of having an affair with her second husband (Leon was #3). After gaining access to her email account, he copied the emails and sent them to his wife’s first husband, who was the father of her child.
Walker says he did this because husband #2 had been arrested during his marriage to Ms. Walker for assaulting her in front of her young son. Husband #1 immediately filed a custody application upon learning from Mr. Walker that Clara was back with husband #2.
Prosecutors are utilizing a law meant to deter hackers from stealing trade secrets or identities. A conviction can mean up to five years in jail.
So, will Mr. Walker be convicted? I doubt it. He has several reasonable defences including the fact that the computer he hacked was a family computer in the family home. Further, his concern for a child’s well-being may also be a credible defence.
Is this charge over-kill? I think so, despite the prosecutor’s statement that Leon Walker is a “skilled hacker” who downloaded the material in a “contentious way”.
Walker will go to trial on February 7, 2011.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang