Marital Confidentiality in a Digital Age

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Priest and penitent, doctor and patient, lawyer and client, husband and wife – communications between these parties have always been considered inviolate in America’s courts.  Or are they, in our new digital age?

This is the basis for an appeal filed by convicted former Virginia delegate Phil Hamilton.  During Hamilton’s trial last year for trading legislative favors for a consulting contract, Federal district court judge Henry Hudson allowed into evidence e-mails between Hamilton and his wife Kim.  The emails were sent from Hamilton’s work computer.

photo courtesy of the Virginian-Pilot


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