Frank Green reports:
Former state Del. Phillip A. Hamilton has an ally in his appeal of bribery and extortion convictions that were in part the result of emails sent to his wife on his employer’s computer.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a brief arguing that U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson erred last year in allowing the incriminating – but personal – emails to be used against Hamilton.
Alan Butler, a lawyer with the center, says Hudson’s ruling is unprecedented and means a reasonable expectation that an email on a workplace computer is private can be lost if a contrary policy is later enacted, as happened in Hamilton’s case.
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