David Kernell

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Palin Hacker Sentenced to 1 Year, 1 Day

Judge recommends halfway house, not jail

(Newser) - A man who was convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's email during the 2008 presidential campaign has been sentenced to a year and a day, with the judge recommending the term be served in a halfway house, not prison. Federal Judge Thomas W. Phillips also said David Kernell, who was... More »

Palin Hacker Found Guilty on 2 Counts

David Kernell convicted of obstruction of justice, unlawful email access

(Newser) - A federal jury has convicted a 22-year-old former University of Tennessee student of hacking Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account during the 2008 campaign. David Kernell was acquitted of wire fraud but convicted of a felony, obstruction of justice, and a misdemeanor, unlawful computer access. The jury failed to reach a... More »

Palin Says Email Hacker Should Face 'Consequences'

Ex-governor says breach caused a 'disruption'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin took the stand today to testify about the hacking of her Yahoo email account, allegedly by a former Tennessee college student, and described the breach to a packed courthouse as a "disruption" both of her family life and the 2008 presidential campaign. Palin said she found out... More »

Bristol: Hacked Email Prompted Harassing Calls

Cell number online produced hundreds of prank calls, messages

(Newser) - Bristol Palin bore some of the brunt when her mother's email account was hacked during the 2008 presidential race, and her cell phone number posted online. She received countless phone calls and hundreds of text messages, she testified in court yesterday, including one really scary call from a group of... More »

Palin 'Hacker' Dodges Charges —for Now

Grand jury to resume hearing testimony on Tenn. student

(Newser) - A federal grand jury ended its session yesterday without handing down an indictment against a University of Tennessee student accused of breaking into Sarah Palin’s email account, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The panel heard testimony from schoolmates of David Kernell, the 20-year-old son of state Democratic Rep.... More »

FBI Raids Suspected Palin Hacker

Tennessee student's home raided

(Newser) - A 20-year-old student suspected of hacking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account found himself on the wrong end of an FBI search warrant while throwing a party Saturday night, reports NBC affiliate WBIR-TV in Knoxville. David Kernell, a student at the University of Tennessee, is the son of a prominent... More »

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