March 11th, 2010
09:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin to testify in e-mail case

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin has been asked by the U.S. Department of Justice to testify against David C. Kernell."](CNN) - Sarah Palin and her husband Todd will testify in the federal case against a Tennessee man who allegedly accessed Palin's private e-mail account during the 2008 presidential race, Palin's attorney told CNN Thursday.

"Governor and Mr. Palin have been asked by the U.S. Department of Justice to testify in its ongoing criminal prosecution in the case of U.S. v Kernell," attorney Thomas Van Flein said in a statement. "The Palins expect to testify in person in Knoxville, Tennessee."

The case involves University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell, the 22-year old son of a Democratic state representative.

Kernell was indicted in October 2008 after he allegedly used information freely available online to guess the password to Palin's personal Yahoo! account, the name of which was posted on numerous Web sites at the time. Kernell accessed the account around the same time questions were being raised about Palin's use of personal e-mail accounts to conduct state business as governor of Alaska.

After gaining access to Palin's account, Kernell allegedly reset the password, scanned her account for potentially damaging information and posted the new password to a public Web site.

Federal prosecutors broadened their case against Kernell in 2009, charging him with four felonies: identity theft, wire fraud, computer fraud and obstructing a federal investigation. Kernell has pleaded not guilty to all four counts.

A federal judge has set the trial date for April 20.

Reached by CNN, Kernell's attorney Wade Davies declined to comment on the case.

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  1. Ra

    It's the people and the media that keep this dimwit popular, you haven't seen nothing yet, it will get worse.

    March 11, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Jin

    Can we not begin to think of her brief rise to public recognition as being in the immediate history. Try it. See how good it feels to think of Palin as history.

    March 11, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Concerned American Citizen

    Why do we have to hear about this crazy woman yet again? She's nuts and we all know it. When you compair yourself to GOD, you know she's crossed the credible line. Poor Sarah, please go AWAY!!!

    March 11, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |

    Like many others I'm tired of hearing about Mrs. Palin. Also can the press stop calling her Gov. Palin, she quit, remember!! I know that retired or former Gov's are still referred to as Gov, but she didn't retire, or get voted out of office (she didn't wait for that to happen, which it would have), she QUIT! So lets stop calling her Gov, she's not. As far as her testifying, do you really think she' can tell the truth about anything? Under oath or not, I don't think she even knows what the truth is, just what sounds good at the time, or what will help her get more press. The press relly needs to back off of this person. Really, enough is enough.

    March 11, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Wayne Messer

    Patty's funny cause she'd be the first to critize "THE LEFT WING MEDIA" as any good right-wing-nut job does so well. THINK FOX NEWS.

    But, please go on with you delusions because just like palin you be funny. !!!!!!!

    March 11, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. wow

    Can any of you hateful people who come to CNN Political Ticker for EACH AND EVERY Palin story – just to spew your hatred, please explain, if she is soooo stupid, soooooo irrelevant, and such a waste of time, WHY DO YOU COMMENT???????
    Do you not have OTHER things to do in your life??????

    Can't imagine why you are sooooo obsessed?????

    March 11, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Patrick

    Hey Mark: Sarah has not always been "forthright and honest." When she was first introduced to the country she looked directly into the camera and said "I told them thanks, but no thanks" (referring to funding for the Bridge to Nowhere). You go check the facts and tell me she was honest. She's a polictican and politicians by nature can't help but lie.

    March 11, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. theotherguy

    uncle ellesworthy
    One lie would be "death panels"

    March 11, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Uncle Ellsworthey

    John in Binghampton

    Thanks for trying but if you reread what you wrote you should know that none of what you said constitutes a lie. Good lord do you really think forgetting Bidens name is a lie.......I dont think so.

    Apparently there is some education lacking in Binghampton.

    Still waiting for just ONE lie!

    March 11, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. ran

    A clear example of what Kennedy was talking about yesterday. Were are the reports about our troops on the ticker CNN.

    Give us a break already concerning this person.

    March 11, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. 1776

    Anyone still defending this retard is a retard themselves.

    March 11, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. PDXSerric

    Uncle Ellsworthey: "Please name just ONE actual lie that she has told."

    1) she told interviewers there was no family vote on teh VP. she later recounted this by telling Sean Hannity that there was, in fact, a vote.

    2) Palin allegedly blamerd McCain campaign staff for botching her public appearaces and not allowing her to speak freely. In emails, however, she blamed herself and thanked these same staffers for their hard work.

    3) Palin stated she does not support Alaskan wolf huting, despite the fact that in 2007 she approved a bill allowing airborne hutning of Alaskan wolves.

    4) Palin repeatedly claimed she was a frugal flyer, despite the fact she and Bristol spent four (4) nights in a hotel at just under $708.00 a night and billed the state (Alaska) $20,000 for the travel costs of her children.

    5) Palin advuised her voters she made her campaign on small donations and turned her back on large checks over conflict of interest, when in fact she relied heavily on large donations and political action committees adn took over $1000.00 each from a couple whose offices were later raided by teh FBI.

    The fact is, this woman is SO untrustable you can't believe a word she says – even if it's "hello".

    March 11, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. wow

    john in binghamton....your comments are lies....

    March 11, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Lynne in CA

    Liar of the Year under oath...there's an oxymoron in there somewhere.

    March 11, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. wow mean the death panels that were removed from the bill?

    March 11, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. ConsiderThis-FL

    All they're going to do is lie. The truth is not in them.

    March 11, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. twitwits are the new nitwits

    Can we waterboard her since she thinks it ok to do as long as its by candle light.

    March 11, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. PDXSerric

    "Can't imagine why you are sooooo obsessed?????

    Because the woman is a fraud and a genuine threat to the safety and welfare of this nation. It would be unpatriotic to simply roll over and stick our fingers in our ears.

    Same question to you – why are you and otehrs like you SO willing to defend her at every turn?

    PS: I grew up in Alaska and, although I am Democrat, I was excited to see an Alaskan vice presidential nominee. I was hoping she'd represent my honestate in a golden, shining light. But she failed – and she has harmed my honestate. Thankfully, she quit... but the effects of her presence will be felt for years to come.

    March 11, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    @ so what " hope he's found not guilty so he can get out and do it the same thing to"

    Isn't it amazing that Obama supporters can justify crime in their mind as long as it is levelled against His enemies?

    No wonder they don't even catch it when he lies or changes his story.

    March 11, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Jon

    It is advised that the majority of liberals and dames who spit their venoms to Palins are suffering from the so-called psychiatric Palin-deranged syndrome and should rush themselve to see doctors to get treatment. It is in you and your family's benefits to seek a psychiatrist's help before it is too late!

    March 11, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Walker

    Wow, what will she do when she can't lie or talk out of both sides of her mouth?
    Oh, wait she'll get outraged over something and throw a tantrum instead of addressing the issue.

    She is to politics what Paris Hilton is to Hollywood. Vapid, useless.

    March 11, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. If I were a french canadian

    She is my idol,I want to see her elected as the new world leader.Rush told me shes the smartest person on the planet.

    March 11, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Put the punk kid away......

    for at least 5 years......who does he think he is that he can tamper with
    someone's e-mail.....

    March 11, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Uncle Ellsworthey

    The "death panel" gambit does not hold water. It actually was there, they of course didn't call it that, it would have been too obvious.

    By the way if it was a lie why did it get removed. Sounds lie maybe a nail was hit right on the head don't you think.

    PDX.................You are rehashing old liberal talking points, no response necessary.

    March 11, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. WCN

    "Please place your left hand on this finger painting and raise your right hand." "Repeat after me: I Sarah Palin..."

    March 11, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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