Is reading email from another person's account a crime?

A Michigan DA is charging a man, Leon Walker, with unlawfully reading his then-wife's email, which showed she was having an affair with a man who once had been arrested for beating her in front of her son. Walker then gave the emails to her first husband, the child's father, to protect the boy. Most defense lawyers are commenting that they have never seen anyone charged before in these circumstances. Civil penalties may be justified, but as Walker's lawyer remarked; "This is a hacking statute, the kind of statute they use if you try to break into a government system or private business for some nefarious purpose. It's to protect against identity fraud, to keep somebody from taking somebody's intellectual property or trade secrets. I have to ask: 'Don't the prosecutors have more important things to do with their time?'

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