US judges are grappling with the implications of a workplace email hacking case that led to the suicide of a local official.
Christopher Baron, 33, an emergency medical technician from Wisconsin, allegedly hacked into the email account of EMS Director Mark Fisher back in August 2006. Messages suggesting Fisher was engaged in an extra-marital affair were compiled and distributed to people in the local community of Jefferson, Wisconsin under the subject line "What Mark's Been Up To". Fisher's wife was among those sent copies of the messages. Fisher killed himself the next day, according to local court reports.
Baron faces a slew of charges including computer hacking and identity theft. He admits sending the messages but denies serious felony offences.