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Palin Hacker Heads to Court | Fair Trial Questionable

Knoxville, TN (Apr 20) – David Kernell, a 22-year-old former University of Tennessee college student, charged with hacking into then Governor, Sarah Palin’s email accounts has stated his concerns regarding being able to receive a fair trial in the heavily republican state of Tennessee.

The U.S. District Judge presiding over the trial, Thomas Phillips has denied defense motions to have jurors respond to a pre-selection questionnaire regarding any affiliations or support for then Vice President Candidate Palin.

The prosecution accuses the defendant, David Kernell the son of Representative Mike Kernell (D-KY), of identity theft, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. Palin has been subpoenaed to testify at his trial.

Kernell faces prison time if convicted on all charges regarding hacking Palin’s online Yahoo account by simply guessing at security questions and resetting Palins password, and reposting information regarding Palin’s personal email account online using the alias “rubico.”

Blog postings found on the web suggest it took very little effort for the defendant to allegedly guess the then governor’s password by answering security questions which consisted of a combination of her “zip code”, and location to where she met her husband.

The original federal indictment in the case, unsealed October 7, 2008 states a single count of accessing without authorization the email account of Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Palin is expected to draw a larger crowd of supporters outside the courthouse as she appears to testify.

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9 Responses to Palin Hacker Heads to Court | Fair Trial Questionable

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  2. Matt Schwartz

    April 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    My guess is that a Change of Venue is definitely in order for the defendant. Not only does he not have the ability to get a fair trial, he will not get one in the State of Kentucky. It is kind of amazing how the true criminals, The GOP themselves, get away with vastly worse crimes. How about the Bush-Cheyney genocide in Iraq?

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    • TN_Patriot

      April 21, 2010 at 6:52 am

      The really sad part about this story is that the author and those making comments seem to be so ignorant of the case that they are talking about the wrong state. The trial is being held in Knoxville, TENNESSEE.

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  3. joe

    April 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Whah! Whah! Whah! Life is so unfair! Matt Schwartz! Do you have some sort of proof about that genocide you speak of? And what about the confirmed genocide purported upon the Kurds by Saddam Hussein? Are you calling Obama out for the civilians that have bee killed in Afghanistan too? Kernell is facing 50 years, and I hope the little SOB gets every one of them. The democratic party wound up its base to tear Sarah Palin down; now it is Sarah that will get the last laugh! Watch and see if she doesn’t petition the court for leneiency on his behalf, because that is the kind of person she is. As much as liberals try to, you can’t refute the facts here; he was caught with the data on his hard drive. Hope he enjoys his stay.

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  4. Elder

    April 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I’m sure that somewhere in Kentucky they can find a few dozen people who can give him a fair trial.

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  6. irma

    April 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    … the trial is in Tennessee…

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    • Editor

      April 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks… you know we could use a little help if you are interested… It was my first understanding of all the materials I had obtained that the trial was being requested to be moved to the west coast (which had jurisdiction over the case due to the location of Yahoo’s mail servers) and then a request to move to Kentucky all which were denied… I hate getting to boring with lengthy details about legal cases as stupid as this… I mean what could Palin possibly me emailing other than shopping lists, or itineraries to fly her relatives around the state for free she certainly lacked any real participation in her own states government right up to the minute she quit (praise the lord for those that live in Alaska)…

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