Jury Convicts Palin e-mail Hacker  USDOJ on The Conviction -  April 30, 2010
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  Jury Convicts Palin e-mail Hacker  David C. Kernell  on Two Counts April 30 , 2010
KNOXVILLE April 30, 2010 - A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.
The jury acquitted Kernell, 22, of felony wire fraud.U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips declared a mistrial on another charge, felony identity theft, after the jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.
The felony records destruction charge carries a maximum possible 20-year prison sentence, which is virtually certain not to be applied in this case. Federal sentencing guidelines that would apply in this case set a range of 15 to 21 months and allow for probation.
The misdemeanor count carries a maximum term of one year, and probation is also possible.Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Weddle said federal prosecutors would decide next week if they would retry the former University of Tennessee economics major on that charge.
Phillips said he would set a sentencing date after prosecutors make that decision.Kernell and his family left the federal courthouse without comment. His attorney, Wade Davies, said they would issue a statement later.Kernell remains free on bond.
Thomas van Flein, Sarah Palin's personal attorney, told The Associated Press he has been involved in the case from the morning they learned of the hacking in 2008."I think the jury took its job very seriously and weighed the evidence closely and concluded that any effort to impact a national election through illegal means is not a college prank. It is a crime," he said.Van Flein said Palin would issue her own statement about the verdict on her Facebook page.The jury of six men and six women began its fourth day of deliberations this morning by hearing a special added instruction from Phillips.Called an Allen charge in legal parlance, it is commonly called "a dynamite charge."Phillips told the jurors that as they resume deliberating they should each reconsider their positions, but there was no need to rush to a verdict.By Thursday, the panel had reached unanimous agreement on three of the four counts against Kernell, whose father is Democratic state Rep. Mike Kernell of Memphis. Those verdicts were not announced until this afternoon.The four charges are all felonies with only the protected computer count including a lesser misdemeanor offense. The jurors chose the misdemeanor count of the charge. Kernell was facing a total of 50 years in prison if convicted of all the felonies.On Thursday the jurors sent a note to Phillips indicated some tension in the group."Some of us feel not all jurors are following jury instructions," the note said in part.The case began in September 2008. Palin, the governor of Alaska, was the GOP vice presidential candidate, and Kernell was 20.That was when, federal authorities say, he illegally gained access to her Yahoo! personal e-mail account, through internet posting allowed others to snoop in it also.Palin and her oldest daughter, Bristol, testified last week April 23, 2010.
David C. Kernell  in Court April 29 , 2010
Sarah Palin  in Court April 23 , 2010
Tennessee Man Indicted for Alleged Hack of Governor Sarah Palin’s E-Mail Account 9/10/08
WASHINGTON – David C. Kernell, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tenn., for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney James R. Dedrick for the Eastern District of Tennessee announced today. Kernell turned himself into federal authorities for arrest and will be arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley.The single count indictment, returned on Oct. 7, 2008, and unsealed today, alleges that on approximately Sept. 16, 2008, Kernell, a resident of Knoxville, obtained unauthorized access to Gov. Palin’s personal e-mail account by allegedly resetting the account password. According to the indictment, after answering a series of security questions that allowed him to reset the password and gain access to the e-mail account, Kernell allegedly read the contents of the account and made screenshots of the e-mail directory, e-mail content and other personal information. According to the indictment, Kernell posted screenshots of the e-mails and other personal information to a public Web site. Kernell also allegedly posted the new e-mail account password that he had created, thus providing access to the account by others. If convicted of the charge, the defendant faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three year term of supervised release. A trial date has not been set.The case is being prosecuted by Section Chief Michael DuBose and Trial Attorney Mark Krotoski of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Weddle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Anchorage and Knoxville field offices.An indictment is merely an allegation. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
US V. David C. Kernell  Video in Court
Indictment US V. David C. Kernell - PDF
The Hacker David C. Kernell
Accused Palin hacker has a history of intrusion
The college student charged with illegally accessing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's e-mail has been accused of computer intrusion before, although last time he faced only an afternoon detention.David Kernell allegedly broke into a school server about eight years ago while studying at Eastern Hills Middle School in Harker Heights, Texas, one of his former teachers said Wednesday. Kernell, 20, was charged Wednesday with  accessing a protected computer for allegedly breaking into the private Yahoo e-mail account of Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate.
Digital Evidence In Palin Hacking Case