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A computer recovered by a woman from the trunk of a family car is subject to discovery in a matrimonial proceeding, a Manhattan judge has ruled. The woman’s husband opposed allowing her to use information gleaned from the laptop, arguing she had improperly “seized” his personal, work-issued computer.

But New York Supreme Court Justice Saralee Evans found that the wife had broken no laws by accessing the computer and threw out the husband’s motion to suppress.

The parties, Dorothy and Frank Moore, were married in June 1963. They lived in Waccabuc, N.Y., where they raised two daughters, both now adults. Ms. Moore is a retired teacher; Mr. Moore a retired information-technology consultant.

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