October 9, 2008
Is the Palin E-Mail Hack Indictment Legally Flawed?
According to WSJ's Law Blog, David Kernell, the 20 year-old son of Mike Kernell, chairman of Tennessee’s House Government Operations Committee pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he hacking into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account yesterday. See LLB's earlier post, Hacked Email Account: Was Palin Conducting Official State Business Using Personal Yahoo Email Account?
But is the indictment legally flawed? Check out what Orin Kerr (George Washington) has to say on The Volokh Conspiracy. One commenter to Kerr's post observes, "In this case, the indictment alone is probably sufficient punishment. It'll cost the young man's family at least $50-$100,000 in legal fees to get the case dismissed." [JH]
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Democratic Representative Mike Kernell’s son, David Kernell, was caught by authorities. Apparently he had reset the password and gained access to the GOP VP candidate Palin's personal Email account, according to CNN. He had taken a screenshot of her entire email directory which includes E-mail addresses, pictures, birthdates and phone numbers of family members, and more. After turning himself in, he pleaded not guilty despite the fact that he took the information he hacked and posted it to a public Web site. To make matters worse, he also posted the new password he’d created, which allowed others to easily access Palin's E-mail themselves. David Kernell may be subject to the heat of a five-year prison term, $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release as a consequence. At the maximum of $1,500 per loan, that bail would require about 167 individual payday loans to free him from being condemned with other cellmates.
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Posted by: Payday Loan Advocate | Oct 11, 2008 1:55:10 AM
I believe that is just wishful thinking on your part JH.
Posted by: anon | Oct 9, 2008 9:22:26 AM