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. Entire Planet

    she is a mess. send her to the lab for experimental abortion drug testing.

    March 11, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. BOB

    why are people so scared of this women maybe its because she knows the truth about what a american is suppost to be not really a lot of real americans out there any more they don't know what freedom is all about given a chanch they will have compleat goverment control then they will be happy keep it up and one day you will be happy no freedoms at all but as it stands now we all have a right to voice are opinions as long as people like palin are still around the nice thing about about sara palin is you eaither like her or dislike her very seldom do you hear i am not sure how i feel about her she may not be the best person for president but i would like to see a lot more people in power with her back bone

    March 11, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Hiram

    Does being under oath mean anything to a sociopath? Why bother?

    March 11, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Lou

    Who cares? I mean really...who cares what this twit does?

    March 11, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Perusing-through


    Sarah and husband refused to go under oath regarding her improper firing of the Alaska state trooper, when that trooper refused to fire Sarah's much hated brother-in-law.

    Yet the 'Palin Hypocrites' are quick to take the oath in court against a 22-year old boy.

    March 11, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Lucas

    Not to imply anything about Palin's intelligence one way or the other, but I think you all vastly underestimate how hard it is for a public figure to keep this sort of information private. Even if she used the best password in the world (for the sake of argument), it still might not help. Yahoo, as most websites do, has an option to recover your password. This recovery method asks you to answer simple questions such as "What was your mother's maiden name?" or "What town were you born in?". These sorts of details are posted all over the Internet, and it wouldn't take a genius to track them down.

    March 11, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    if there is one thing that Sarah Palin risks is that she will be OVER-exposed and that is starting to happen. I recall when she and John McCain poked fun at Obama's so-called "rock star" persona and here she is doing the same thing from book tours to appearing on late night talk shows to trying to create a "reality series??" and now she is in the news once again. Perhaps CNN's strategy is to HELP over expose her since she appears here more than on the network that she is currently employed at. It will get to a point where even the true Palin lover might get tired of her as well.

    March 11, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. The Man

    When they ask if to swear that she will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, her palm will be face down on the bible, on the other palm will be held up in the air, so she will need Todd to sit in the back of the court room and hold up her que card. What do you think it will say..."Oh Yeah, Sure"

    March 11, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Career politician, testifying under oath. The oxymoron, to end all oxymorons.

    March 11, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Pam from Tn.

    What a waste of tax payers money! Bringing Palin here to testify against a college student who "granted" didn't do the right thing except access her e-mail account which was freely posted in several places online. I'm sure this student regrets the day he ever heard the name Palin as do most of us!

    March 11, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. TangledThorns

    I hope the hacker gets jail time and lots of it.

    Shame on him. Sarah Palin is a patriot and will make an awesome President in 2013!!

    March 11, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Tim

    She's got nothing to worry about, just follow Holder's lead about what to do under oath.

    March 11, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Jeff in Houston

    What will she say at the swear in? So help me me?

    March 11, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Rich

    Now Sarah,

    Don't get excited, an Oath is not something you can kill or milk.

    March 11, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. KindMavericky

    Sara the Grifter will turn this into "I'm a Victim again". This clown has no ethics, is a quitter, and will be milking her fame until her dumb followers figure it out (if that's possible), and when the media moves on to more important issues than whether this dummy is qualified to be president or not.

    March 11, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Palin under oath will be about as truthful as Condy Rice under oath.

    March 11, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Brad

    Can someone please tell me why everyone hates this woman so much? Is it just because she's so pretty, and we're all back in high school again? Sometimes I get really embarrassed of my fellow Democrats for their nose-in-the-air-we're-so-superior-to-the-rightwing attitude. While I don't agree with her politics, she doesn't deserve the crap we've been dealing out to her. It's time for us to show each other a little more respect in this deteriorating country of ours.

    March 11, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Mike

    Hope you all enjoy bashing Sarah.

    But, in your quiet moments, take a moment to pray that she doesn't decide to buy your hometown, including the bank that holds the mortgage on your pitiful little hocked to the hilt dwelling.

    She gets $100k for showing up - pin money compared to her book revenue.

    How much you get, Bubba?

    As the late philosopher Brother Dave Gardner so eloquently put it: "I might be slow, but I'm ahead of you."

    March 11, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Joe

    Why should they put her in jail if she commits perjury when they didn't put Clinton in for it?

    March 11, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. Pete

    The saga of the maiden from Alaska continues, mind numbingly endlessly, into eternity and forever more until the end of time.

    March 11, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. Onn

    Good for her, go get'm Sarah! Oh yeah,Palin 2012!

    March 11, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Robert Delemi

    She believes in taking care of her own problems. She should just shoot the guy. That's what any self respecting Tea Partier would do.

    March 11, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Bill from CA

    "Place your left hand on the bible, and raise your right hand and repeat after me."

    "Oh gosh darn, I put all my answers on my left hand. I hope it doesn't smudge!"

    March 11, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. badger

    Didn't Bush make it legal to read everyones E-mail, and listen to your phone calls?

    March 11, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. sara

    i wonder if she thinks these "government" lawyers and prosecutors are "terrorist" sympathizers as her counterpart Liz Cheney?

    March 11, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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