April 30th, 2010
03:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Man found guilty in Palin e-mail case

A federal jury in Tennessee has so far found a 22 year-old man guilty on two of four counts in a case that involved hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail account.
A federal jury in Tennessee has so far found a 22 year-old man guilty on two of four counts in a case that involved hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail account.

(CNN) - In their fourth day of deliberations, a federal jury in Tennessee has so far found a 22 year-old man guilty on two of four counts in a case that involved hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail account nearly two years ago when she was the vice presidential nominee.

The jury has determined David Kernell, 22, is guilty on felony charges of intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization and obstructing an FBI investigation, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Meanwhile, the jury acquitted Kernell on a third charge of wire fraud and remains divided over the fourth charge of identity theft.

It's unclear if the district court judge will order the jurors will order the jury to continue their deliberations, according to the News Sentinel.

In a statement on her Facebook page, Palin said she and her family are "thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict."

"Besides the obvious invasion of privacy and security concerns surrounding this issue, many of us are concerned about the integrity of our country’s political elections. America’s elections depend upon fair competition." she also wrote. "Violating the law, or simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play."


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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. John

    Since Ms Palin spouts off at being christain then why does she not do the christain thing and forgive him and ask the court to be lean on his sentence.

    April 30, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Xion

    "That'll teach the smug 20-something liberal know-it-all. Some prison time will wipe the smirk off his priviledged face, and daddy can't save him"

    Talk about making assumptions.

    Please leave your political, black-and-white, simple-minded mindset and opinions to yourself next time.

    That type of comment only helps to make everyone dumber.

    April 30, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. mike

    she is a total scum bag she is going to ruin this kids life because
    she wants to prove a point well there is a old saying what comes
    around goes around

    April 30, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Biased

    Funny how when you read the comments you would think that justice should be meted out differently depending on whether you were a republican or a democrat. I didn't think it really mattered to the blindfolded lady holding the scales whether you liked or hated who was the victim of the crime. Whatever the final verdict in all 4 counts – at least the jury seems to be weighing their decisions carefully. It is too bad the young man didn't have a better legal team that might have offered a plea deal since he so brazenly bragged about doing it and hoping to find something on her that would derail her candidacy with McCain.

    April 30, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. joe dokes

    The only thing more amusing than Sarah Palin is her supporters.

    April 30, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. GL

    Palin is a joke and don't know how to stop being a victum. She all ways have to be so mean and nasty no matter what. This woman is support to be a christian – I see in name only.

    April 30, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Oh oh, the DNC is going to need a new techie.

    April 30, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. rob

    Hey Todd,

    The issue about her violating any laws about Emails and retention were splashed around every MSM outlet for 2 WEEKS while they were waiting if this young FELON found any real dirt on Palin on any of those emails he ILLEGALLY HACKED.

    If there were any problems with it she would have held accountable, but there were not.

    April 30, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Blaba

    The bimbo loves the limelight, reveals all details of her personal life, displays her brats, this young man should go free!

    April 30, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. arian

    The bimbo displays her private life everywhere, loves the publicity, parades her kids on TV, this young man should go free !!!

    April 30, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Humblopinions

    It should not really matter whose account he hacked into. I do agree with him being charged and convicted. However, a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison seems disproportionate.

    April 30, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Felonious Monk

    sifto77 April 30th, 2010 3:59 pm ET
    "People have lost everything because of people like this spoiled leftist brat"
    1. The economy collapsed because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    2. The U.S. invaded a soveriegn nation which had nothing to do with 9/11 because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    3. Halliburton got no bid contracts because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    4. Cheney told a sitting U.S. Senator to go f%@# himself on the senate floor because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    5. America was lied to and decieved into an illegal war because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    6. Max Cleland's patriotism, to put it mildly, was questioned because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    7. Colin Powel decieved the U.N. while talking about mobile chemical weapons because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    8. Wolfowitz hired his girlfriend because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    9. The banks wrote legislation, bringing it to the republicans who in turn took away the bankruptcy protection ordinary Americans could use to protect their property because of this spoiled leftist brat?
    10. When all of America was grounded, we let the Bin Laden family fly out of the country because of this spoiled leftist brat?

    Conservatives, you guys just don't understand the world. You are a joke, and I am ashamed to call you fellow Americans. But I guess I have to.

    April 30, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. uncle ellsworthey

    and the left continues to express their fear of her. It's actually quite amusing to read their same old comments, kind of gives you an indication of their overall intelligence level. We already knew it was pretty low, look who they elected to the presidency.

    April 30, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. See Novak

    Unbelievable. This sheltered, spoiled brat of a Congressman hacks Palin's email and most of the the sentiment here is against PALIN? God, you people have drank a lot of Kool Aid!

    What do you think the reaction would be if Hilary Clinton's or Nancy Pelosi's email had been hacked? There would be full-page editorials in the New York Times. Where the hell is all the outrage from the people who hate the Patriot Act?

    April 30, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Mikey

    While I am no Palin fan, this idiot got what he deserved.

    April 30, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This woman and her husband broke the law some many times in Alaska and the investigation is on going and her legal fees are still rising. She was unfit and unqualifie to be governor and she's unfit for any public office.

    April 30, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    Drill baby drill !!! Spill baby Spill !!!

    What an idiot. . . . .

    April 30, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. idesign

    As the convicts surround little David you can hear them chanting, drill baby drill........

    April 30, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Sandy-Mo

    He didn't hack her email account. He guessed the password, the idiot proably had "Todd or Money" as the password code.

    April 30, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. idesign

    With his girly features, he is going to be VERY popular in the pen

    April 30, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. art in kingwood

    Sad. His father is an Obamist and probably influenced him to do this. This should be a lesson to Progressives and Obamists everywhere. The people still control this country and you can and will be brought to justice eventually.

    April 30, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Go USA!

    Hope they give him a medal instead of jail time! He exposed a fraud!

    April 30, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. See Novak

    @Claudia

    No matter what your (misguided) opinion of Palin, an infringement of her right to privacy if an infringement against us all.....or does that only pertain to Democrats and Guilty Whites?

    April 30, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Wisconsinite

    gurdjieff April 30th, 2010 4:03 pm ET

    That'll teach the smug 20-something liberal know-it-all. Some prison time will wipe the smirk off his priviledged face, and daddy can't save him.

    Soooo do you hate him because he's young, a liberal or because of who his father is???

    April 30, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. katy Heys

    I really don't think this case had anything to do with who Sarah Palin is. It was about someone hacking into her account.

    Do we really want to decide the guilt or innocence of someone based upon who was the victim?

    April 30, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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