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. brian in denver

    This should be fun to watch. Will Sarah's testimony aid the prosecution's case v.s. Kernell, or will she somehow incriminate herself & the "1st Dude"?

    March 11, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Palin wouldn't know the truth if it bit her in the backside!

    March 11, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. kr

    I was reading this this morning on another website and I thought out loud well here goes CNN. This woman is a pathetic and people had better pray this narcissistic is never elected to the WH. If you think days are bad you have seen NOTHING yet. Pretty is as pretty does and beauty is only skin deep; she has had plenty of time since the election to wise up and study and put her narcissistic views to the side. We as a country do not need it and this woman is old news literally. Without the media Palin would not be anything even with her books.

    March 11, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |

    Do you think she might resign half way through the testimony?

    March 11, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |

    Don't you think she might quit half way through the testimony?

    March 11, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Why do they still call her governor? They still dont call me captain of the baseball team...

    They should call her failure and quitter and hate monger long before they should give her the credit of governor.

    March 11, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Grandoo Nullifidian

    Hey pragmatic,

    'The whole truth and nothing but the help me God!' She'll probably have to have that written on the palm of her hand.

    March 11, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Bob

    The hacker probably got her password from reading it off of her hand.

    March 11, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Republicanism is a mental disorder

    You know, I don't object to the guy being prosecuted, but Palin is a complete twit for using an easily deducible password. Then again, she's just a twit.

    March 11, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Chuck

    I wonder if they'll show the emails which proves she was doing government business using personal email which is not good...

    March 11, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Benny in IL

    How come all these people hate Sarah Palin? I like her. And who cares if she wrote some notes on her hand? Really? Maybe she didn't have any paper and couldn't afford a teleprompter. What do I care?

    March 11, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Steve from WI

    Some of you are getting it wrong. The guy who cracked her account did not guess her password. He guessed the correct answers to Yahoo's lame security questions, like "where did you meet your husband?" and "what is your zip code?" The robustness of her password was not an issue; the immediate problem was lax security by Yahoo.

    The second problem, of course, is her being naive, arrogant or just plain dumb enough to use a Yahoo account for state business.

    March 11, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Tom from IA

    Why is she still referred to as "Gov."? Didn't she quit?

    March 11, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Not Your Amigo

    Stupid stupid stupid move on Kernell's part.
    I'm certainly no Palin fan, but this was pure stupidity on Kernell's part. If he'd just stayed out of it, Palin would have sunk her boat all by herself. She didn't need any outside help.

    March 11, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Mike S.

    As long as she's in the news, that's the most important thing.

    March 11, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Thomas

    How come her husband " Todd" wasn't indicted in Alaska over the pipeline contracts he gave his friends $$$$$$$$$ ?

    The press is as diligent now as when they were over the WMD debacle .

    As for the dumb guy hacking into Palin/s email , what did he find a stewed moose ? Fine him and send him to work at the NSA.

    CNN do a little more true investigative reporting , your turning into yesterdays news today!

    March 11, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Victim of lunatics that hate government

    How can she tell the truth if even McCain's campaign manager called her a pathological liar.

    March 11, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Russ, Benton, AR

    Oath, Truth does Sarah even understand the meanings of those words.

    March 11, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Leo from East Texas

    So easy even a sarah palin can do it...............

    March 11, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Chad from Tampa

    It's sad the lengths the far left will go to destroy this woman. Definitely shows that they are scared to death of her.

    March 11, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. larry

    Bailiff: Do you swear the testimony you shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

    Witness: You betcha.

    March 11, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Brigham

    Just another spoiled child gone awry. I have to laugh at how much little David's parents are forking out in legal fees.

    March 11, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. Chad from Tampa

    I just wonder after reading the hate towards Palin how you lefties make it through the day. Are you people this miserable and pathetic all the time?

    March 11, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Maybe he was trying to access Palin's personal porn site.

    March 11, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. Dave

    Mrs. Palin is a loose cannon and does not possess the mental aptitude or toughness to ever be in any office of power again. She is a quitter.

    March 11, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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