David Kernell Verdict
David Kernell, the son of a prominent Tennessee Democrat, hacked into the Yahoo email of Sarah Palin after the press blabbed about the email address in the paper. The jury returned a guilty verdict on unlawful access to a computer, which is a misdemeanor. Plus a guilty verdict on the obstruction of justice charge. Not guilty on wire fraud and a mistrial on the identity theft crime. Seems if he didn’t try to lie about it and destroy evidence, he’d've gotten away with a slap on the wrist. The obstruction charge has a 20 year sentence, but he will likely do 5 years or less.
From WBIR here:
A federal jury has found former UT student David Kernell guilty of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access in the breach of Sarah Palin’s e-mail.
The case is a mistrial on count one, the charge of identity theft.
The jury found Kernell not guilty on count 2, the charge of wire fraud.
Unauthorized access is a misdemeanor lesser included charge from count three, which accused Kernell of felony unlawful computer access.
The jury found Kernell guilty of obstruction of justice. That carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, with a fine up to $250,000.
The jury was to decide Kernell’s innocence or guilt; the judge will decide sentencing.
Charges, possible sentence
•Count three: unlawful computer access
Maximum 5 years in prison
3 years supervised release
Lesser included misdemeanor offense on count 3 carries a maximum of 1 year in prison
•Count four: obstruction of justice
Maximum 20 years in prison
5 years supervised release
Seems fair. I wonder if the Palins should sue the Kernells in civil court for the trouble they had to go through dealing with this? And as a lesson to everyone: Use good strong passwords on your accounts.
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