Woman sentenced for reading e-mail of husband's ex-wife
( 2003-10-21 15:03) (CNN.com)
A judge sentenced an Arizona woman to 60 days home detention for intercepting her husband's ex-wife's e-mail, saying the penalty is a warning to others who might be tempted to do the same.
"Privacy is still a cherished value," U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch said in sentencing Angel Lee, 28, of El Mirage, Arizona.
Lee pleaded guilty in March and admitted accessing at least 215 e-mails sent last year to her husband's ex-wife, Duongladde Ramsay.
Officials said she fraudulently obtained the user name and password information for Ramsay's e-mail account.
Matsch, best known for his role overseeing the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bombing trials, has said the e-mail case involved a vicious divorce dispute over children. At Lee's sentencing Friday, he said he considered sending her to jail but believed she needed to be home with her young children.
"I really apologize for what I did," Lee told the judge. "She (Ramsay) has a right to feel the way she feels."
Ramsay has compared Lee's actions to someone breaking into her home and
reading her diary.
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