Thursday, March 11, 2010
Does the name David Kernell ring a bell? I wrote a reminder post in January about this son of Tennessee Democratic legislator, Mike Kernell. David is the cad who allegedly hacked into Governor Palin's personal email account during the 2008 campaign and plastered her personal information all over the Internet, which is a felony.
Finally, on April 20th, he will be brought to trial, and the governor is expected to be there in Knoxville, TN to take the witness stand.
Emily Stroud, WBIR, reports:
Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to be a witness at a University of Tennessee student's internet fraud trial next month.
A motions hearing Wednesday addressed several procedural issues U.S. District Judge Clifford Shirley expects to rule on at a pre-trial conference in two weeks.
University of Tennessee student David Kernell, now 22, is accused of accessing Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account...while she was Sen. John McCain's running mate. Palin was governor at the time.
Prosecutors contend Kernell answered some security questions, like Palin's date of birth and where she met her spouse, then reset her password.
He's accused of posting the new password on the internet so others could look at her e-mail account.
He faces four felonies: identity theft, wire fraud, computer fraud, and obstruction of justice.
If convicted on counts two and four of the indictment, Kernell faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years of supervised release.
If convicted on counts one and three of the new indictment, Kernell faces a maximum punishment of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years of supervised release.
Read the full article here.
It's been a long time coming; may justice finally be served.