GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that the estranged wife of a state lawmaker improperly used computer spyware during her divorce from a previous husband.
The Greeneville Sun reported Thursday that U.S. Magistrate William B. Mitchell Carter ordered attorney Crystal Goan Hawk to pay $20,000 in damages to ex-husband James Roy Klumb. The lengthy ruling found that Hawk used the spyware in violation of wiretapping laws and altered a prenuptial agreement to gain an advantage in the divorce.
Carter said Klumb's civil lawsuit and a two-week trial aired much "dirty laundry."
Hawk's current husband, Republican state Representative David Hawk, has pleaded not guilty to a domestic assault charge she filed in March. His preliminary hearing was delayed until September 11, after he runs in next week's primary election.
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