United States v. Hamilton, 701 F.3d 404 (4th Cir. 2012)

Key Insight: Use of work email waived marital privileged where, despite the lack of a computer usage policy at the time the emails were sent, the policy in effect at the time of the investigation stated that there was no expectation of privacy as to emails sent, received, accessed or STORED on the system and where the defendant ?did not take any steps to protect the emails in question, even after he was on notice of his employer?s policy permitting inspection of emails stored on the system at the employer?s discretion.?

Nature of Case: Criminal

Electronic Data Involved: Emails sent from workplace computer

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