Friday, April 30, 2010

Palin Email Hacker Convicted on Two Counts

May he be punished to the full extent of the law.

He'll probably wind up on probation.
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 wire fraud.

It remains deadlocked on felony identity theft.

It’s unclear if U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips will order the jurors, in their fourth day of deliberations, to continue.
The judge will decide sentencing.
The obstruction of justice conviction makes Kernell a felon.

The case is a mistrial on count one, the charge of identity theft.

The jury found Kernell not guilty on count 2, the charge of wire fraud.

Unauthorized access is a misdemeanor lesser included charge from count three, which accused Kernell of felony unlawful computer access.

The jury found Kernell guilty of obstruction of justice. That carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, with a fine up to $250,000.
Kernell's father is a Democrat who's served in the Tennessee House since 1974.

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