Son of Tennessee Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty in Sarah Palin E-Mail Hack
The 20-year-old son of a prominent Tennessee Democrat stands accused of hacking into the e-mail address of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The alleged hacker, David Kernell, was indicted Oct. 8 by a federal grand jury and faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.The 20-year-old son of a Tennessee state legislator pleaded not guilty to illegally accessing the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin. David C. Kernell, 20, son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, was indicted Oct. 8 by a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tenn.
According to the indictment, Kernell stands accused of accessing Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account on approximately Sept. 16 by resetting the password. He then posted screenshots of the account on 4chan.org, and later attempted to cover his tracks by deleting and altering files on his computer, authorities allege.