March 12th, 2010
10:03 AM ET
12 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 (40 Responses)
  1. lyvonne

    I normally do not click on anything re Sarah Palin, but that she was going to testify under oath really got my attention. I was skeptical...sure enough it's not against any of her wrong doings...someone else's.

    March 12, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Jim

    Once again, Palin proves she's an idiot! Give this young man a slap on the wrist–all he did was expose her for what she is.

    March 12, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Paul from Phoenix

    Enjoy jail. Oh wait, he is a politician's son. My bad.

    Enjoy having your four felonies reduced to one misdemeanor, your 20 hours of community service, and your hero status in the Democratic party.

    March 12, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Mr Joshua

    The Hacker should fry in jail. I do not care if it is Sarah Palin or anyone else. Hacking is a crime and lady justice is blind.

    March 12, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Sorensen

    Who cares whether she is under oath or not?
    She is totally uninteresting and irrelevant.

    March 12, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. hood1707

    As much as I don't like Palin, she should have some privacy. Hacking into someone E-mail system, no matter who they are is wrong. Trying to Justify this as some exposure of the true is a slippy slope to big brother.

    A line as to be drawn in the sand somewhere. It might as well be here.

    March 12, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. CoffeeBeatsT

    This guy should go to jail. However, Palin should be smart enough to know not to make her password "1234"

    March 12, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Indy

    She has some very huge lies on record from past several years that cannot be disputed, so it is only natural that most people will find this post comical with Palin under oath. Her record speaks for itself and the facts are that she is a liar and her followers don't care that she is a phony and liar, but the facts are the facts for the other 99% that know the truth and will find humor in trying to get the truth from Sarah Palin.I do believe that if you are a proven liar you should be called a liar, no matter who you are lying is a horrible disease that has become acceptable in society and you can become rich and famous in America if you are a liar.A true shame that that some think it is just fine to be a liar, and just because you are a political figure it is excused by people.

    March 12, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Miss Independence

    They are both wrong. The kid should go to JAIL for Identity fraud. Palin should be fined for doing state business on her personal emails....

    March 12, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Come On...

    People's yahoo accounts get hacked all the time to normal people and the U.S. Department of Justice, police, FBI just laugh. Now if this was her official email address as governor of Alaska, then I can understand, but this was some account she got for free on yahoo but was too stupid to secure.

    March 12, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. jeff jackson, alabama

    Palin is not the one under investigation

    March 12, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Moody

    "Ms. Palin please answer "yes" or "no" to the questions. The court does not recognize eye winks and "you betcha" as answers."

    March 12, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. rob

    This young man is the son of a Democrat operative and his father denied any knowledge of his son's activities, all well and good, but this is a very serious charge and should be treated that way. I can't wait to see the posts from all you tolerant, freedom loving Palin haters out there.

    Imagine if this happened to President Obama and the Kids father was a Republican operative? I think we all know the answer to that.

    March 12, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Doug,lib jersey

    You see what the socialist goons have done to Sarah Palin and how they could care less that it was hurting the people of Alaska, and you learn that their little Obama-bots truly are the worst people ever to live in this nation. Just read their comments here, all lies, hate, and attacks, you don't even have to spend time in a liberal dominated area to witness how evil they truly are.

    March 12, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. shucks

    Palin under oath! LOL

    March 12, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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