Student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin e-mail account

“As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates’ private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election.” ~Sarah Palin’s Facebook statement

BBC News
30 Apr 2010

A jury in Tennessee has convicted a former student of hacking the e-mail account of Sarah Palin.

David Kernell, 22, was found guilty of obstructing justice and unauthorised access to a computer.

The son of a Democratic lawmaker, he faces up to 20 years in prison for the first charge and one year for the charge of hacking.

He broke into Mrs Palin’s e-mail account during her 2008 Republican campaign for the US vice-presidency.

Kernell was cleared of a charge of wire fraud…

… Wade Davies, Kernell’s lawyer, had said his client’s actions amounted to a college prank, rather than a crime.

Kernell was a student at the University of Tennessee at the time.

But prosecutors said it was an attempt to influence a national election through illegal means.

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