A South Carolina man was forgetful. He left a card for bouquet of flowers in his car. The flowers were for his mistress. His wife found out. He refused to say who the mistress was.
The wife hired a private eye to find out. She planned to divorce him. She needed proof.
She went to her daughter-in-law, who is married to her son by a former marriage. The daughter-in-law used to work for her husband. The wife asked her to try to get into his Yahoo email account.
The daughter-in-law, a creative lady, figured out the guy’s password. This guy was really not too swift.
In his email box, he had kept letters that he had exchanged with the other woman.
His wife took him to court to get a divorce.
His lawyer protested. The emails were obviously stolen. So, the guy paid his lawyer to file a lawsuit against his wife, her daughter-in-law, and the private eye.
The first court decided in favor of the defendants. His lawyer persuaded him to pay to appeal the case. The appeals court reversed the lower court’s decision. So, the defendants’ lawyer persuaded them to appeal.
The Supreme Court of South Carolina has handed down a decree. It reversed the appeals court. The summary of the court cases is here.
Conclusion: “Sorry, Charlie; the email were not private. You want privacy? Get a better password or else delete the emails.”
If a thief can get into your computer files in South Carolina, you’re fair game.
The big winners are of course the lawyers. But you knew that.
If the mistress marries the guy, she will find a large pile of receipts for legal fees where there used to be deposit receipts.