Palin to Testify at Alleged E-mail Hacker's Trial

Lora Bentley

Here's a blast from the past for your Friday morning.


Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, will be in Knoxville, Tenn., in April to testify against the college student accused of hacking into her personal e-mail accounts during the 2008 campaign. According to the Register, "Palin will appear at the request of federal prosecutors trying the case."


David Kernell, son of Tennessee Rep. Mike Kernell, pleaded not guilty after being indicted on three felony counts. Prosecutors allege that he broke into her account using publicly available information and retrieved messages and pictures which he then made available online. Register writer Dan Goodin points out:

His final undoing may have been the sloppy use of a web anonymizing proxy service, which investigators queried as they closed in on their suspect.

Palin has called the hack one of "the most disruptive and discouraging" incidents of the campaign. If convicted, Kernell faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

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