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Rep. Kernell's son's trial over alleged Sarah Palin e-mail hacking to begin
Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/19/10 | Richard Locker

Posted on 04/20/2010 5:48:57 AM PDT by Libloather

Rep. Kernell's son's trial over alleged Sarah Palin e-mail hacking to begin
By Richard Locker
Posted April 19, 2010 at midnight

Echoes of the heated 2008 presidential election may reverberate in a Knoxville courtroom this week as David Kernell goes on trial on charges stemming from the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account two months before the election.

Kernell, now 22, is a 2006 Germantown High School graduate, state championship chess player and the son of 36-year state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis. He was a University of Tennessee physics and engineering student when federal authorities allege he accessed a personal e-mail account of Palin, governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential nominee at the time.

Nineteen months later, David Kernell has put college on hold to deal with the charges against him. He has pleaded not guilty to all four counts: identity theft, wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer in furtherance of aiding and abetting the same offense, and obstruction of justice.

"Anytime someone has been indicted and has the Justice Department after them, it takes up most of your attention. But he'll be back in school this summer," the elder Kernell said Friday.

His son could not be reached. His Knoxville attorney, Wade Davies, declined to discuss the case Friday, saying only, "I'm ready to try the case in the courtroom."

Palin has been subpoenaed by prosecutors to testify at the trial, scheduled to start Tuesday morning with jury selection before U.S. Dist. Judge Thomas W. Phillips. Final pretrial arguments are set for today.

The case began in September 2008 when media reports surfaced, in the heat of the presidential race, that Palin used personal e-mail accounts to conduct some state business. Federal prosecutors allege that after that news surfaced, a hacker used publicly available information about the governor to correctly answer password-reset security questions for the account, gov.palin@yahoo.com, reset the password, then accessed and perused e-mail there.

An FBI probe coordinated out of the Justice Department's headquarters quickly focused on David Kernell through an Internet screen name previously linked to him, "rubico," and used on chat room postings about the episode. Agents seized Kernell's laptop computer at his Knoxville apartment.

In her book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," Palin called the intrusion "the most disruptive and discouraging" incident in the campaign and said it "created paralysis" in her state office.

Although nothing politically harmful surfaced in the e-mail, it confirmed she used it to correspond with staff about state business.

Alaska's chief state security officer, Darrell Davis, acknowledged in an affidavit in the Kernell case that a state employee "set up the Yahoo account for Gov. Palin." The affidavit was in a motion last week by Alaska officials to quash a subpoena for more records. The motion said it would require a total of "2,157 hours of our staff's time ... valued at $124,760.88" to comply.

Judge Phillips and Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley have rejected several defense motions, including one last week to permit a written questionnaire of jurors to screen for potential political bias from extensive publicity.

Another Kernell motion denied would have required introduction of several e-mails dealing with state issues, to show the account was not entirely "personal." It cited a letter from Palin's attorney saying some e-mail not turned over included "copies of discussions between the governor and her staff on a court of appeals judge appointment, comments on pending legislation ... communications from the attorney general ... and several documents that would qualify as protected personnel records."

Mike Kernell said he plans to attend to legislative and constituent business and to drive to Knoxville on evenings when he can to support his son. The defendant's mother, Dr. Lillian Landrigan -- an Army dentist who did a tour of duty in Iraq and is now stationed in Honolulu -- will attend the trial, her former husband said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: email; kernell; palin; rabscuttle; trial
The perp -

Give him probation only if he can hack one particular birth certificate.

1 posted on 04/20/2010 5:48:57 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Bet he walks on all counts. It will be easy for the defense to make sure a few moron liberals sneak onto to the jury.


2 posted on 04/20/2010 5:52:55 AM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Libloather

Little punk. “My daddy will pay me out of this so I can be a Rep too one day”


3 posted on 04/20/2010 5:53:19 AM PDT by D1X1E (Trust but verify... especially if you got your information from the government.)
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To: Libloather
I'll damn sure remember the face, the name, and UT.

If his resume ever passes my desk it won't stay there for long.

4 posted on 04/20/2010 5:54:16 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Libloather
"Anytime someone has been indicted and has the Justice Department after them, it takes up most of your attention. But he'll be back in school this summer," the elder Kernell said Friday.

Do they have a college in the federal penitentiary that the criminal should be sent to, or is Daddy subverting justice and arranging for his to get away with his crime? This little rodent attempted to mess with the foundation of our government, a free and fair election, and with the privacy rights of a US citizen. He deserves to go away for a LONG time.

5 posted on 04/20/2010 5:54:38 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Libloather

They’re going to make the trial about the victim. The prosecution needs to hammer the point that the contents of the emails are irrelevant.


6 posted on 04/20/2010 5:55:40 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Libloather
a 2006 Germantown High School graduate

Small world. The mayor of Germantown is Russell Wiseman who made Olbermann's worst person list for suspecting that President Obama timed a speech to preempt the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

7 posted on 04/20/2010 5:56:58 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Gaffer

I’d hire him in a second for my IT security team.


8 posted on 04/20/2010 5:57:54 AM PDT by drubyfive
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To: drubyfive

Yes, and that action would bite you in the ass one day.


9 posted on 04/20/2010 6:00:54 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: kevkrom

With just a few more leftist judges in the system were going to have a situation where political philosophy decides the verdict. I haven’t seen much indication that liberal judges make any serious attempt at impartiality.


10 posted on 04/20/2010 6:03:54 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: Libloather

Liberals are deficient in the scruples department.


11 posted on 04/20/2010 6:04:50 AM PDT by popdonnelly (I'm so old, I remember when free enterprise was praised, and communism was shunned.)
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To: kevkrom

So true. If I break into your house, then while inside I find something isn’t kosher inside your house, and at trial I try to make the point that I found something wrong inside, therefore, I should be found not guilty for breaking in, uh, DUH, my defense attorney and I would be laughed out of the courtroom (and in my case, right into jail). Same thing in this case. He broke into her private account. Other points, issues, are irrelevant.


12 posted on 04/20/2010 6:06:24 AM PDT by txrangerette ("Question with boldness. Hold to the truth. Speak without fear". - Glenn Beck -)
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To: drubyfive

Is he really that brilliant? I read that he just guessed answers to some of the security questions, like “your high school.”


13 posted on 04/20/2010 6:07:58 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: StolarStorm

Oh, yes, what he did was totally in the national interest /sarc


14 posted on 04/20/2010 6:10:12 AM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: popdonnelly

Alinsky Rule: “Immoral people do not have to be held to moral standards.”


15 posted on 04/20/2010 6:12:09 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Libloather
Rep. Kernell's son's trial over alleged Sarah Palin e-mail hacking to begin

Perfect example of a biased headline. The e-mail hacking is not "alleged" it did occur. The son is the "alleged" hacker.

That headline is like saying: OJ trial begins over the alleged murder of Nicole.

16 posted on 04/20/2010 6:21:53 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Libloather
Looks like a liberal, long-haired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking, envinronmental-whacko, peeping-Tom, over-educated daddy's boy to me.

Guilty.

Leni

17 posted on 04/20/2010 6:24:33 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Libloather

Kernell, now 22, is a 2006 Germantown High School graduate, state championship chess player and the son of 36-year state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis.

Hello

No one noticed this - Dad was 13 when ...

Kinda like the big O ?


18 posted on 04/20/2010 6:30:26 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: drubyfive

Why? He showed no talent at all except for a total disregard for privacy and the law. All he did was employ some minor and easy to do social engineering. Nothing fancy and certainly not worthy of a job in IT security...


19 posted on 04/20/2010 6:31:45 AM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

36 years in the state house... Old man with a penchant for younger women. Oh wait, that’s normal for the rich.


20 posted on 04/20/2010 6:35:27 AM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Alamo-Girl

Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis [aka thug-0-crat]

Filing this in ...
THUG-O-CRAT hit list [shocking links and headlines]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2464640/posts?page=4
[Now past 80 posts]


21 posted on 04/20/2010 6:55:18 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: drubyfive
“I’d hire him in a second for my IT security team.”

That would be a mistake.

It is my experience that if he would do something illegal and unethical to someone else he would do it to you. It's just a matter of the right incentives. Just because he knows how to social engineer a yahoo mail password does not make him a black hat security expert. Even if it did black hat security guys should not be trusted. They are of value in doing controlled analysis work or external penetration testing. I would make sure they are always supervised and never given any of the “keys to the kingdom”.

This is my experience from holding the CISSP, CISSP-ISSEP, and CISA certifications. I have also worked for the past 16 years in the payroll, insurance and medical data fields. I have seen and dealt with these types. They are not to be trusted.

22 posted on 04/20/2010 6:58:22 AM PDT by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 04/20/2010 8:00:40 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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