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Palin Says Email Hacker Should Face 'Consequences'

Ex-governor says breach caused a 'disruption'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2010 2:30 PM CDT
AP link in Notes -- Palin testifies e-mail breach 'a disruption' ? Knoxville News Sentinel
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks to media outside the Federal Courthouse after court recessed for lunch Friday, April 23, 2010 in Knoxville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

(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 about the hacking on the news when she saw "a picture of my kids on the television screen," the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. "It caused a huge disruption in the campaign," she said.

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Asked if the alleged hacker, David Kernell, now 22, should get prison time or community service, Palin said it was "up to the judge." "I do think there should be consequences for bad behavior," she added. Kernell faces up to 50 years for identity theft, mail fraud, and two other felony charges resulting from what his lawyer says was a prank, not a crime.
(Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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