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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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Put her in jail for using personal email for AK government business.

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

    Who still uses Yahoo Mail? Someone make sure to send her an invite to gmail!

    March 11, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. ben

    I hope they don't ask her any questions, at all. She might see that as an ambush.

    March 11, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. CMG

    Bring in Judge Judy. Even she is likely to be humored by the "Crazy Palin Courtroom CIrcus." Please send this woman to jail and throw away the key so that we can talk about real issues and real people.

    March 11, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. jack

    Does this woman even know what the meaning of the word perjury is?

    Come on Sarah, let's hear that " you betcha" ! Under oath.

    March 11, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Chanel

    People hack in to email accounts all the time... why is this case suddenly "US vs" ???

    March 11, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "And isn't it true Mrs. Palin that you are so stupid you used an easy to figure out password?"


    March 11, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Fooled Again

    She should write some answers on her hand before she testifies

    March 11, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. kcl

    Oh it comes now. Someone else wrote her discriminating emails. But wait!!! If they are gramatically correct....she's right, she didn't!!!

    March 11, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Tim

    You liberals and Palin haters never cease to amaze me. If your darling Obama's personal email had been hacked you would want prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Watching the left attack people in the republican party has turned me from a voter that splits his ticket to rarely voting for a democrat! Excellent job, keep up the good work!

    March 11, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. cspurgeon

    That may be a little difficult as I am not sure she knows the difference. Should be interesting anyhow.

    March 11, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. LoveThyNeighbor

    Pailin who? Oh, nevermind...Sam

    March 11, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. double standard

    That is 1/2 governor ! We must not forget she quite her job at the 1/2
    way point !

    March 11, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Karl

    Under oath means nothing to this pathological liar.

    March 11, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. jeff jackson, alabama

    Alot of you out there don't understand
    that Palin isn't the one under investigation
    Your hate precludes your brains !!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. TongueUntied

    At the risk of being redundant.
    These folks are trying the misdemeanor and ignoring the felony.
    Gov. Palin and the "First Dude" broke federal law in using private emails to conduct government business. Where is this investigation, CNN?


    March 11, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Sarah Palin is constantly embroiled in controversy, isn't she?

    Whether she creates it or not, how in the world would she be able to govern our country as prez or vice-prez?

    She is far too busy getting into and out of strange places.

    Why didn't we hear so much about her before Sen. McFalin got hot for her and asked her to run on his ticket?

    March 11, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Gerry NH

    badger its like you and it not quitter.

    March 11, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. alaskan

    Governor Palin? Who is that? We don't have a Governor Palin and haven't had one in quite some time.

    Van Flein needs to drop his habit of calling her by the "governor" title, she is NOT a governor. She is no one. She quit, she left, she's gone.

    March 11, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Dave from Texas

    I find it perplexing as to what the hell the prosecutor thinks Saracuda and the First Dude are gonna say that's so important to the case. All they have to show is electronic evidence that Kernell accessed her e-mail. Obviously they have that or they never would've found the guy. Palin's take on it is completely irrelevant. Just like Palin.

    My guess is it's just a chance to get her face on the news again before her 15 minutes are finally up.

    March 11, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. CS

    It wasn't theft of anything. Those emails are the property of the People of Alaska. Her using public email accounts to keep them out of the public eye and to attempt to get around open records laws is more illegal than anything he did.

    March 11, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. hongli

    Why is this moron still being called "Governor"?

    March 11, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. M

    Why is this lady getting any attention – come on America we CAN DO BETTER ....

    March 11, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Uncle Buck

    Any bets that she raises the wrong hand when asked to swear to tell the truth.

    March 11, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I like how it's on 4/20. And I like how he posted that stuff to 4chan. And I like what 4chan does on 4/20.

    Never Forgive
    Never Forget

    March 11, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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