David Kernell Convicted Of Two Charges

A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.

Kernell was acquitted of charges of wire fraud and the jury was deadlocked on the count of identity theft.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the breaking news.

2 comments for “David Kernell Convicted Of Two Charges

  1. April 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    the primary charge was unlawful access to a computer, and THAT was a misdemeanor. I hope that they will appeal the felony conviction, because this does not warrant a felony.

    This was a AUSA out looking to make his bones on a test case.

  2. April 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    If it’s his first offense he’ll likely get probation with some stiff rules about PC usage.
    In the highly unlikely event that time is issued, electronic monitoring would be almost assured. That depends on how good his lawyer is.

    I don’t know if he has any priors that would aggravate his situation, but if this is his first offense he has little to worry about.
    Had he profited in some way, he’d be toast. But the judge will see this for what it is. A stupid computer prank by a youngster. Nothing unusual.

    I trust he learned a very important lesson.

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