Buh-Bye Punk… Palin Email Hacker David Kernell Gets Year in Jail
A federal jury convicted David Kernell, a college student who broke into Sarah Palin’s email account, of unauthorized access to a computer and obstruction of justice. The young Obama supporter was sentenced to a year in prison today.
Sarah Palin testified against Kernell, the son of a prominent liberal politician from Tennessee, at the trial.
David Kernell, the son of liberal Tennessee State Representative Mike Kernell was indicted in October 2008 by a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee., for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Kernell was a member of the UT for Barack Obama organization.
Obama supporter David Kernell was sentenced to a year in prison today for “hacking” into Sarah Palin’s email account in 2008.
An American man who hacked into the email account of then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in jail, court officials said.
The conservative darling’s email was hacked in September 2008 as she campaigned alongside Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
A number of her emails and two family photos taken from her account were posted online.
The FBI soon traced the hack to David Kernell, whose father was a Democratic state representative from Memphis, Tennessee.
The elder Kernell said at the time that he was unaware of the actions of his son, who was a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Kernell, now 22, was convicted in April of illegally accessing Palin’s email and obstruction of justice.
Palin did not immediately respond to news of Kernell’s sentence.
Kernell smiled at the sentence today. He may serve his time in a halfway house.