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. LouAz

    American politics Greatest Victim ! You betcha. What a gal !

    March 11, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Bed time for Raygun

    Our family loves her comedy.Shes much funnier than Leno or Letterman,and much easier to look at,but that squeaky voice needs work.

    March 11, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. charlotte

    No, of course Palin cannot be trusted to be truthful under oath. Truthfulness is a really big problem for her. On the other hand, she was the victim of an e-crime and whatever his political persuasion we cannot give someone a pass on that kind of behavior, because anybody is a potential victim of the next one. So, for one of the few times ever, this isn't her fault.

    March 11, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Freaking hypocrite. I am sure she will have her answers written on the palm of her hands because she's too dumb to remember what it is she is fighting against.
    Then again, we almost went a whole week without a quitter article. CNN had her in that other loser bachmann article and now this. Who cares??? I also agree with those who say she is no longer a governor. She couldn't even finish her first term. She's a first class loser at everything she has ever done.
    She deserves everything she gets and more.

    March 11, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Robert

    I wonder if she'll quit her testimony halfway thru...

    March 11, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Dumb people are..dumb

    Wow, you seem to be more obsessed than anyone else..I think more than Palin with the news media.

    March 11, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Fernando F

    once she is under oath.... the lawyer first question should be:
    "Are you an idiot?"

    and everybody will wait for the perjury and then we can put her in jail...
    problem solved.

    March 11, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. barking republican ankle biters

    @MK.If thats the case,mind if I rob your house?

    March 11, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. charlotte

    MK – leaving the door unlocked does not make it legal for someone to enter your home unauthorized and rifle through your posessions. Whether hacked or guessed, the action was indeed criminal. Clever, but criminal. It isn't Palin's fault that someone decided to undertake an illegal activity like this, although she probably could have been a bit smarter about her password. No, strike that – she probably couldn't. But someone else could have told her how to find a secure one, although there's no guarantee she would have understood why. Far too many people use real words or names of family members or pets as their passwords. Stupid but doesn't entitle anyone to illicitly use their account.

    March 11, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    What the world wants to know is did Palin conduct her governors business with a private email account. If so she has broken Alaskan state laws.

    I smell a cover up.

    March 11, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. JDinHouston

    Palin = perfecting being a victim for political gain. It is sad if it wasn't so true.

    March 11, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Truth

    I hope they but his butt in jail for 5 years the creepy loon.

    March 11, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Bob in VA

    Commenters wow and Uncle Ellsworthey must have trouble getting around, since they seem to be wearing really thick blinders. Clearly nothing negative about their queen Quitter Palin gets through.

    Fortunately they are part of a small, shrinking minority.

    March 11, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Testifying under oath won't make a difference. She doesn't know the difference between fact and fiction.

    March 11, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. CF

    I believe she honestly thinks she can do no wrong and is always right.

    March 11, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Clint, Wa.

    If she had anything between her ears other then AIR (sorry blonds you have competition), she would know that there is no such thing as private e-mail.

    March 11, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Stephan

    I hope justice is served in this case. I had also hoped justice would be served served with the indictement of then Governor Palin. What ever happened to those indictements and subpoenas?

    March 11, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Mike

    Palin under oath?

    That's peculiar. She's usually underwhelming, under-prepared, under-informed, underclass, under-intelligent...

    March 11, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Kate Warren

    Ms. Palin has no use for email. She uses her palm!

    March 11, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. enjoy_words

    Who would want to read the emails of a mindless buffoon?

    March 11, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. File under "Sarcasm"

    OK, let's throw in a little Palin bashing to take our minds off the healthcare fiasco and the economy. Another 462000 jobs flushed last month but I guess Palin's emails are more important.

    March 11, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Mary

    Palin thought she could teii lies on others, like Obama, and not be called out. So think about all those hateful lies you told, now it coming back on you. the world can not stand the sight of you , so do us all a favor, clim under a rock. The world is going on without you and accomplishing things for the american people. Oh by the way, take your little tea parteriers with you please.

    March 11, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Dave the American

    Wow is a serious nutcase. The "Death Panel" deal was a lie and there is no way around that. The provision would have been good for EVERYONE. Sure it WAS there you kook but what it said was elderly folks would have a consult PAID for. The consult itself is done every day in this country and allows folks to have a say in their end of life strategy. IF you wanted to exhaust EVERY possible avenue to keep you alive you could request that. If you would rather be a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) then that too would be YOUR choice.

    If people are going to make stupid comments on a site like this that is one thing you go girl! BUT if your lies are going to affect millions of people you should be held liable. Palin should go to JAIL for her lies.

    March 11, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Paul H

    It's good to see that Palin is still doing something right to warrant all of the negative feed back here. It's almost crazy.

    March 11, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Jackson

    now if she could just go away I would be happy

    March 11, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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