April 30th, 2010
03:44 PM ET
4 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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  1. Stubsy

    Its funny how Libs can say Republicans are the hateful ones. This woman was the victim and yet you people want to burn her alive. Its amazing how threatened you all are of her...

    April 30, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. D.

    He is not the only one responsible for making S. Palin's life miserable after she was put in center stage. It is so threatening to liberals, leftist, democrats, Obamanites, etc. to see WOMAN with a different point of view. It is known that women sentimentalism and empathy with slogans of the democrats (but not with their actual core) is what brings success to the fakers at teh Democratic party, so this is threatens by Palin!
    (And CNN is in the tank too...)

    April 30, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Liberal tolerence is an oxymoron

    Liberal tolerance:
    1. SIEU Union thug biting the finger off of a 65 year old man.
    2. SIEU Union thug beating a black conservative trying to sell button pins.
    3. Black Panthers intimidating voters at the voting booth.
    4. Code Pink disrupting Senate hearings.
    5. ACORN committing voter fraud, and assisting with tax fraud.
    6. Democrats hiding out during summer recess afraid to meet their constituants.
    You should feel real proud of yourselves that these people speak for you and represent you ( i.e. goodbye creditability).

    April 30, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. David Davidson

    He did it for teh lulz and sadly now pays the price. The lesson we should all take from this is never to drop your shields on a raid.

    April 30, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. If We Can Defeat Him On Health Care It Will Be His Waterloo

    Hey Palin fans: How's that "Drill, Baby, Drill" doing for ya?

    Everyone of the idiots who repeated that mantra ought to put on some waders, go down to the Gulf coast and help with the clean up.

    Oh yeah, I guess we aren't going to see any of those BP (Beyond Pollution) pretty green commercials for a while. Need to put those
    propoganda, er . . . advertising dollars into the clean up.

    April 30, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. brenda

    "invading someone’s privacy for political gain" –

    he didn't invade her email for political gain. he did it because he could. he could because she didn't set her security well enough. I mean, come on – what was the name of your high school mascot? Where did you meet your husband. All things that can easily be found.

    April 30, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I guess I can google the answer, but out of curiosity, how long did Laura Bush serve in jail after running that stop sign and killing that teenager?

    Just curious.

    Membership HAS its' priviliges......

    April 30, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Some of the comments by the GOPers here are downright funny! Thanks for the laugh!

    Had McCain not chosen Palin as his running mate in 2008, the woman would not be where she is. She has to attend....... 6........schools before graduating in journalism! Tells you a lot about her "intelligence."

    She quit the school board to run for mayor.....
    She quit being mayor to run for governor........
    She quit being governor to run for ??? Who knows!

    Believe me, all kidding aside, Americans know this woman is not presidential material....... but hey....... Republicans PLEASE nominate her! We, Liberals would LOVE a .......... Palin/Bachman ticket!

    April 30, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. LouAz

    The Jury is still deliberating about whether he can believe in Evolution or not.

    April 30, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. idesign

    Breaking: Palin hacker convicted on two counts

    Count 1: You.

    Count 2: Betcha!

    April 30, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Channe

    Sarah Palin is a sociopath – screw her and everyone who like or supports her ! !

    April 30, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Mario Sanchez

    Does using words like "neo con" or calling Palin a "retarded sociopath low self esteem person" really make you feel intelligent? Because you don't really ... just sayin!

    April 30, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Margaret

    I am glad that he got sentenced. What is wrong with these smart aleck kids, they think they know it all. They are still wet behind the ears. At the same time i hope he does not get a long sentence.

    April 30, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. mrrationalhbg

    O'Keefe got off with a misdemeanor for wire tapping a member of congress. This kid is going to get a felony for guessing a password? What a huge disparity.

    April 30, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. the kat

    Hey Palin ever here of WATERGATE? Your party is imfamous for this type of unethical conduct. Maybe this guy will be sent to club fed (lompoc california) where its like a dorm with swiming, tennis, golf, etc.) like the watergate thugs. This guy should be sent to prison for thinking PALIN had any thing of value in her emails.

    April 30, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Lola

    I say, let the kid go...it's not a crime to hack into someone's e-mail as long as it's Palin's account! And illegal immigrants? I say let them all in! The Arizona law is unconstitutional anyway. Besides, it's the Republicans who are pushing JUSTICE on both cases...they can't possibly be right! Noooo! Sarcasm....

    April 30, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Chris

    Win one for justice. God Bless Sarah Palin!

    April 30, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. S. deafie

    Hacking into people's account is so wrong, so he knew what's he getting into. Many people are tired of hacking, phishing, scams on internet so nobody cried for him regardless where's he from.

    April 30, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Truth Teller

    You gotta love liberal wackos.

    Moan and complain about The Patriot Act (which Obama is USING to his advantage as we speak by the way) for knowing which library books you read.

    Then say it's Palin's fault for a guy purposefully hacking a VP Candidate's email for the express purpose of finding some dirt.

    And you liberals are all for it.

    Reading the compete ignorance of the posts here is depressing to know that you may be sitting in a cubicle next to me (if I sat in a cubicle all day posting hate mail on company time like I am sure most of these posts are done).

    Despite no real evidence the majority of hate posts here insist Palin is stupid and guilty of crimes, yet their posts display provable stupidity in that they contain ZERO facts and mostly speculation and fantasy.

    Good Luck with those Mid-Term elections.

    April 30, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. tradewinds

    I wonder if anything would have happened to this kid if he hacked into john doe's email account? Probably not but because it was sarah's he gets the book thrown at him. He did a crime and he should pay but it is overblown because of who's account he broke into.

    April 30, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Sigrid

    The jury found him guilty of a misdemeanor, not a felony, for unlawfully accessing the email. And please don't call it hacking, which requires a sophisticated set of skills. All Kernell had to do was guess the weak security question, "Where did you meet your husband?" and then reset the password. Voila, it was done. (Palin did the same thing in 2004 to a political enemy, but she needed the help of a techie!) Personally, I like the terms used by the Knoxville News Sentinel, i.e., "email snooping" and "intruding."

    April 30, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Cecilia Edwards

    America’s elections depend upon fair competition." well said, however simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play." Such is the case of the Tea party's and all the lies that you Ms Palin spread around any time the spot light is on you.
    What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Do not blame the kid for loosing the election, you do not need any help in loosing elections, you do it very well on your own. Besides it was good for your pocket . Isn't it what you really care about? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$..................

    April 30, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Chris in Va.

    When is Mrs. Palin going on trial for purjury?

    April 30, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Checilia

    America’s elections depend upon fair competition." well said, however simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play." Such is the case of the Tea party's and all the lies that you Ms Palin spread around any time the spot light is on you.
    What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Do not blame the kid for loosing the election, you do not need any help in loosing elections, you do it very well on your own. Besides it was good for your pocket . Isn't it what you really care about? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$..................

    April 30, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. miker

    If a Person that went from shooting Elk to Being a state Gov. then a run for Vice Pres. is an idiot... It show's who the real idiots are.

    That kind of thinking got us Obama, and the real mess we are in today.

    April 30, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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