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Palin Hacker Convicted on 2 Counts

Filed under: Crime,Politics — DRJ @ 5:08 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

David Kernell was convicted on 2 of 4 counts in connection with the hacking of Sarah Palin’s email account:

“The verdicts are:

* No verdict on count one – felony identity theft
* Not guilty on count two – felony wire fraud
* Guilty of a misdemeanor charge of computer intrusion on count three – instead of felony computer fraud
* Guilty of felony obstruction of justice

The judge declared a mistrial on count one. The government will decide next week whether to retry the case.

Kernell’s sentencing will follow the decision on the retrial.”

Later, Kernell’s attorney issued a statement thanking the jury for their “time and consideration.”


28 Responses to “Palin Hacker Convicted on 2 Counts”

  1. Any thought on if he’ll do any hard time? I doubt it.

    East Coast Chris (ded5f2)

  2. The guy was such a smirking jacka– when he was intially caught, I hope they throw the book at him.

    Dmac (21311c)

  3. Judge Coot says: Twenty years if you remain silent; twenty months if you fully disclose who put you up to it and who else abetted it.

    Old Coot (f722a6)

  4. I dunno how he gets community service for a felony… but we are about to see it happen before our very eyes.

    Steve G (7d4c78)

  5. Send him to Alaska to work on a fishing boat for six months.

    On his last day send to Wasilla to clean the Palin’s bathrooms.

    It may be the only honest work he’ll do in his life.

    MU789 (13091a)

  6. MU789 – Heh. The only “hard work” most of these progtards have done is canvassing for Obama. That’s why they want illegal immigrants in this country, to do the real hard work.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  7. 3 to 5 years as Bubba’s “girlfriend” MAY teach him a lesson.

    I write “MAY” because most of these progressive males are so feminized that said penalty may not be much punishment at all.

    GeneralMalaise (53ce9e)

  8. Bet you a hundred billion trillion lebenteen gazillion simoleons Obama pardons him on his last day in Office, so he can have a political career.

    nk (db4a41)

  9. I’m glad to hear it. Not having heard the evidence, I can’t say how I would have voted as a juror, but in general this kind of hacking is disreputable, and worthy of punishment by the law.

    aphrael (9e8ccd)

  10. I’m usually the aww poor guy guy but this one needs to go to jail for many many moons because he’s a bad person.

    happyfeet (c8caab)

  11. Plus he totally failed to find any good dirt. I’ll not soon forgive him for that.

    happyfeet (c8caab)

  12. Any ideas why the hung jury (by one juror voting not guilty I believe)on Felony Identity Theft? Sort of strikes me that what he did was kind of textbook Identity Theft. Also would be interesting to know why the drop from a felony to a misdemeanor on the computer intrusion. I understand that this little prick did a lot more then try to randomly hack the account. He did at least some research to determine Palin’s security questions then upon entry hijacked the account and then proceeded to distribute her personal correspondance throughout his peer group (over protected little liberal twits) as well as liberal bloggers with a view to damaging her politically. Sure sounds like a felony to me.

    scr_north (396a49)

  13. The thing is, about half of the electorate was so pumped about OBAMA! that anything that threatened the anointing of the Messiah was something that Had To Be Stopped…hence the hysterical attacks on Palin. I bet that all it took on that jury was one progtard to hang the jury on that first charge.

    I like the idea of “twenty years if you stay quiet, twenty months if you tell us everything about who put you up to this and who helped you.” I don’t think that it would hurt the Messiah to be linked to this sort of thing—the mainstream(ed) media would cover for him if he shot Hillary just to watch her die.

    Technomad (e2c0f2)

  14. scr_north,

    From Thursday’s report:

    “Earlier today, they said they had reached a verdict on three of four charges.

    But they also reported they are deadlocked on the first count, a charge of identity theft.

    Without asking what their verdict is on the other counts, Phillips sent them back to the jury room to continue deliberating the first count.

    In their written communication to the judge this afternoon, the jurors said: “Some of us feel not all jurors are following the jury instruction.”

    DRJ (d15e92)

  15. “Plus he totally failed to find any good dirt. I’ll not soon forgive him for that.”

    Feets – Truly hard to believe, but maybe there was no good dirt to be found.

    At least her red velvet cake recipe is still safe!

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  16. Truly hard to believe, but maybe there was no good dirt to be found.

    I think there were a whole lot of disappointed people with the emails. Those who loathed Palin hoped for the worst: trashy, dishonest, racist, inflammatory emails. IOW, hoping that her personal emails would confirm all the horrible awful things they claimed her to be. Boring everyday emails had to be a letdown.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  17. Don’t drop the soap, shithead.

    [I’ll approve the comment but feel constrained to note my traditional and oft-stated opposition to prison rape and jokes about it. Sorry if that makes me seem like a stick in the mud — but if it does, so be it. — P]

    Kevin Stafford (abdb87)

  18. Well, there goes that career as a lawyer. Don’t think BAR Assoc. particularly care for people who’ve got a felony obstructing justice conviction.

    AD - RtR/OS! (df11ff)

  19. For what do the federal sentencing guidelines call?

    The Dana who isn't a lawyer (474dfc)

  20. I think I read it’s up to 20 years for the obstruction of justice conviction.

    GeneralMalaise (53ce9e)

  21. Well, if it ever comes out who leaked the Climategate emails, we’ll hear loud and clear what the Leftists think is appropriate punishment for hacking electronic correspondence.

    Hint: It’s worse than refusing to recycle beer cans, but not as bad as asking a drug smuggler where he was born.

    ropelight (782583)

  22. identity theft is rampant both in online and offline settings. better be careful~.’

    Christopher Mills (8bbb86)

  23. identity theft is rampant both in online and offline settings. better be careful-~*

    Olivia Miller (cfb3de)

  24. Isn’t it Ironic?
    Olivia thieved Chris’s
    identity spam

    The Inferior Haiku (b54cdc)

  25. identity theft is very common on the internet so be careful about phising sites-:-

    Cole Powell (2752d3)

  26. identity theft is very common on the internet so be careful about phising sites.-`

    Henry Barnes (7e4e10)

  27. identity is rampant both online and offline, always make sure that you don’t share unecessary info about yourself.*;

    Light Sensors : (f49ccf)

  28. on the internet, identity theft is a very common scam so always protect your personal info *–

    Beard Trimmer (8cac02)

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