It’s taking time.
After two days of deliberations, federal jurors remained unable Wednesday to reach a verdict over whether former University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell illegally accessed the private e-mail account of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
U.S. Dist. Judge Thomas W. Phillips told the panel of East Tennesseans at about 4:30 p.m. to go home and return to court this morning. He made no inquiry about their progress.
They began considering the case against the 22-year-old Germantown man Wednesday morning. They’ve deliberated more than 10 hours.
Kernell is charged with identity theft, wire fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation.
Brantley Hargrove tackled the story yesterday at Pith in the Wind and takes a look at the side of the story regarding Sarah Palin’s email account. He asks some good questions.
Last week, Palin denied using the account for gubernatorial business. Emails obtained after Kernell leaked her password seem to contradict this.
This should come as no surprise to any gawkers of this trainwreck-in-progress. Palin has always shared a strained relationship with the truth. It just seems particularly foolish to stray from it while under oath. Perjury is a felony, after all, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. No one in a position of power will call her out on this, of course, but Pith thinks it’s worth noting.
Let’s take a look back at a few of the most spectacular Palin prevarications, shall we?