March 9th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
14 years ago

Alleged Palin e-mail hacker picks up three new charges

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account was hacked while she was on the campaign trail."]
(CNN) – The University of Tennessee student who allegedly hacked the e-mail account of then-Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been served with three new charges.

David Kernell was arraigned Monday morning on a new four-count indictment as a federal grand jury added charges of destroying evidence and identity theft to his case. The son of longtime Democratic State Rep. Mike Kernell of Memphis was initially arraigned only with a single charge of accessing a protected computer.

Kernell was arrested during Palin’s 2008 campaign season after allegedly posting screenshots of e-mail messages, a contact list, and photos of the Alaska governor’s family on, a Web site known for anonymously publishing leaked government, corporate, and religious documents.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Marilyn

    This clown should get jail time and a stiff fine. But, of course, he won't - Obama is in charge, and he will most likely get a reward instead.

    March 9, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. thomas

    Even Sarah Palin's privacy has to be protected but if it weren't for John McCain, that wouldn't be a problem now, would it?

    March 9, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. becca

    Good he should go to jail, as should anyone else that helped him break the law.

    March 9, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Joe Torregano

    Everyone in this country has a right to privacy!

    March 9, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Max

    I would expect the same for anyone who invades my privacy as well.

    March 9, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Joe, Chicago IL

    The adult (not a kid) broke the law(s).

    No matter how stupid it was, he broke the law(s). Own up and take it like a man, you broke the law and you will soon be a felon.

    March 9, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Dennis

    If it's OK form him to hack into Palin's emails is it OK for him to hack into Obama's blackberry?

    March 9, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Biased

    How nice to see that the change Obama and his supporters are bringing to Washington is it is okay to break the law as long as you do it against someone everyone of the democrats dislike. Then it seems breaking the law is to be rewarded. What a sick attitude that is!!

    March 9, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. laurie

    While what he did was wrong, he needs to get the same measure of punishment that Sleazy Sarah got when she broke all the rules.... she got her hand smacked with a cashmere glove..... what goes around should come around.....

    March 9, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Frozone

    Aren't there real crimes to go after? Quit wasting our resources on a woman who charges her state travel expenses to stay at her own home.

    March 9, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. JT

    I'm not a fan of Palin, but justice needs to be served.

    March 9, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Mari

    Regardless of POLITICS........ THE LAW WAS BROKEN. And the young man deserves to serve time in jail! I do not care whose emails he hacked into........ a WRONG is a WRONG.

    That said, the far-right seems to continue to live in denial! IF Palin has been a ...DEMOCRAT.... the religious-far-right-holier-than-thou-extremists would have crucified for abandoning her children...... especially her newborn son, for her career ambitions!

    SO ...... please do not be a hypocrite!

    March 9, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Sarie Paylin

    Sarah Palin put her on life and the life of her daughter up front and center when she threw her name into the ring for vice president. I have no sympathy whatsoever for here. Sarah has a really mean attitude. She exploited her own family when it was to her benefit. Regardless, this boy apparently broke the law and should be punished if found quilty. Just like GWB and DC should be punished if they are ever found quilty; but we know they will never stand trial for all that they have done.

    March 9, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. Mari

    @ MARK IN VIRGINIA............ not ALL of us are of "your generation" and IF you would take time to read the comments (mine included) you would find that many of us, Democrats, abhor the hacking and the stripping away of any one's privacy............. including Palin's! Don't be so cynical.

    March 9, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Texas Proud!

    TO: Marc In Virginia

    Well said!!!!

    March 9, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    He may have hacked her computer, but she helped McCain snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

    March 9, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Independant1

    I'm shocked that many Democrats think that the invasion was justified by this kid and that he should be honored with a medal. Or that they try to avert the attention to other non-related issues. Ok, maybe I'm not that surprised. The hypocrisy of "democrat" supporters is astounding! The more I look at the dems as a viable party, the more I want to throw up.

    March 9, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Anna, ATL

    foolish kid!
    What was he looking for that would have made this worth it?

    March 9, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Anna, ATL

    Can you spell hypocrisy?

    The kid did a jack-a thing and should pay the price.

    March 9, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. me

    if anyone hacked hill-bill clinton's computer, they would deserve punishment too. to anyone who stated "its okay because it was just palin".....leave our country now. politics aside; equal rights for ALL.

    March 9, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Expat American

    I was appalled by many of the statements that came out of the Governor Palin campaign during the election – but without impartial justice there is no justice. This was an invasion of her privacy and the offender deserves to face the consequences as prescribed by law for his actions.

    March 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Best news I've had today....

    Put this punk kid away for 5 years as the statute calls for. I'll send him a fruitcake as soon as they put him behind bars. Justice is weet when it's done right.

    March 9, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. annie - Palin 2012

    I can't believe they are doing anything with him as he is a demmie son and the crime was against Gov. Palin. Remember Gov. Palin the one the media hated so bad.

    March 9, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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