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Old 12-28-2010, 01:48 PM   #21
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Hmmm...the article was written by John Springer...Jerry's bro by chance?

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Old 12-28-2010, 02:04 PM   #22
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Actually, she might have a valid case. What makes that so is that the E-mail account he read was a web-based Gmail account, and perhaps not a jointly shared E-mail account. The content of the E-mails are held on a server "somewhere" and not generally stored on the home computer, even if the computer itself is jointly owned and shared.
I also think this is key. He may have used a solely or jointly owned PC to access GMail, but the account he accessed was on a remote computer, and for that account he does not have any rights to it without the owner's permission. Even with the password he would have to prove that his wife gave her permission for him to access her account.

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Old 12-28-2010, 08:55 PM   #23
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I will say that if convicted he would not be in jail long. His (ex)wife needs him working hard to pay for alimony, plus the damages from the civil law suit that she will file against him for reading the e-mails.
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:48 AM   #24
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I am not an IT expert but the Google desktop application seems to record and index everything - even emails. No need for passwords.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:15 AM   #25
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I've been following this case in the news.
My guess, and I am definitely not a legal expert, is this will be treated the same way as snail (hardcopy) mail. I have always been told that email is protected the same way as a letter sent in the mail is.
The big difference is method of access and spousal rights or lack thereof in this domain.
A roadside mailbox is protected from unauthorized retrieval of letters by persons not residing at the address, so electronic mail may be ruled to be of the same order under privacy laws.

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