Skip to comments.Trial delayed for UT student charged with hacking Palin e-mail
Posted on 11/14/2008 6:18:28 PM PST by SmithL
A U.S. district magistrate judge today pushed back the trial date for a University of Tennessee student accused of accessing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private e-mail account.
Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley set a May 19 trial date for David C. Kernell, 20, before U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips.
Defense attorney Wade Davies and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Weddle told Shirley a delay was necessary because the case involved computers and almost all the evidence in the case comes from computers, requiring the use of experts skilled in forensic analysis of such equipment.
Shirley asked Kernell if he was okay with a delay.
"Mr. Kernell, you understand in federal court you have the right to a speedy trial," Shirley said.
"I have no objections," Kernell responded about his trial being moved from Dec. 16.
Davies is seeking to have the felony charge dropped and to ban prosecutors from labelling Kernell a "hacker."
Kernell, whose father is Democratic state Rep. Mike Kernell of Memphis, is accused of figuring out the Republican vice presidential candidate's password and accessing her e-mail account.
Kernell rose to national infamy when he allegedly used the Internet to dig up answers to security questions that allowed him to change Palin's Yahoo! Mail account.
He posted the e-mail and the new password to the forum www.4chan.org under the username firstname.lastname@example.org on Sept. 16, an indictment alleges.
He did so after national media reports that Palin, who had been tapped to stand alongside U.S. Sen. John McCain in McCain's failed Republican bid to win the White House, had funneled Alaskan gubernatorial business e-mail through her personal Yahoo! Mail account, the indictment contends.
...The poster was disappointed to learn, however, that a review of her e-mail account presented nothing that might "derail her campaign."
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Carpet. Sweep. Under.
This turd needs to spend a year in The Big House so he knows the difference between “good” and “bad.”
A maggot-infested, Commie hippie. He’ll get off. He’s probably some kind of a “victim” of something.
90% of criminal (and civil) trials don’t start on the original date...stop the conspiracy crap.
Obamanation will pardon him
Sure he found something that derailed her campaign. The desperate attempt to gain access made it appear that she had something to hide even though she didn't. The media never properly reported that she did nothing wrong in either e-mailgate or troopergate even though evidence showed she did nothing wrong.
what conspiracy crap? Saying he’ll get off isn’t “conspiracy” crap, it’s merely conjecture that because his daddy is a RAT, justice will be blind.(deaf, and dumb)
He should apply for the first Pardon of DelanObama’s Administration.
He’ll probably get the first Freedom Award too...
UT needs to kick him out.
“what conspiracy crap? Saying hell get off isnt conspiracy crap, its merely conjecture that because his daddy is a RAT, justice will be blind.(deaf, and dumb)”
Wake me if this little punk gets anything even close to the “normal” punishment for a crime of this sort.
It might be reasonable to ask for some delay in order to prepare the defense in a complicated case. But delay until NEXT MAY? That’s another six months.
It would take six months to get this “evidence” together? I strongly doubt it.
I'm throwing the BS flag. When my 500 Gig network drive gave me a "no files found", it took 15 minutes to find a program, 15 seconds to download it, 2 minutes to pay for it on line, 10 minutes to figure out how to use it, and 2 days to recover all 34,000 files. OK, so I've been using computers since the late 70's, and my first portable (?) computer was an Osborn. This excuse from the attorney was just to see if the judge really knows anything about computers.
Calling somebody a "hacker" will now be a hate crime.
Seriously, I suspect they are trying to put some distance between the crime and the trial in order to lessen the perceived severity of the crime.
Don’t be surprised if B.H.O. campaign slush fund throws coinage at some campaign coffers in the accused perp’s district... and poof... all charges dropped for lack of evidence/standing.