"Now I ask, how does that contrast from my situation?"
Hmmm. Depends on how your email was actually accessed.
"Am I not at a high enough stratification to have my case treated in the same fashion?"
Seriously. Your situation is probably chump change compared to what Mendte did.
But have you called the US Attorney to inquire about criminal charges?
Have you consulted an attorney about filing a civil lawsuit (assuming you are actually suffering monetary damages from it)?
If the answer is no to both questions, then you are pretty much stuck with what your employer decides to do.
Meantime, here's a quote from an article about the Mendte thing.
"This past summer, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Mendte had been charged with intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization. Between January 1, 2008 and May 28, 2008 Mendte allegedly accessed Lane's private e-mail accounts 537 times, but prosecutors say the tampering began as early as March 2006.
Prosecutors say Mendte accessed Lane's email more than 3,000 times, describing it as "
a two-year long, underhanded assault on the privacy of a co-worker to satisfy the defendant's own morbid curiosity, and to destroy her reputation and her career."
During an August 2008 court appearance, Mendte admitted in August 2006 he purchased a keystroke logger -- hardware that can be used to obtain a password to another person's computer accounts.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Mendte had logged on from his Chestnut Hill home, his vacation home, KYW and another location and then leaked information, including attorney-client privileged information relating to both criminal litigation in which Lane was involved in New York and civil litigation Lane brought against KYW, to a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News."
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