David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, has been indicted for hacking of the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He should have known that only the Administration can hack into accounts and intercept calls on citizens without a warrant.
Kernell was indicted for intentionally accessing without authorization Palin’s e-mail account. He could face a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release. He should get less as a first offender if convicted. This was a stupid act and deserves some punishment, but five years would be a bit stiff.
This case follows the criminal indictment of former anchor nd former “Access Hollywood” anchor Larry Mendte for snooping into the e-mail of his former co-anchor, Alycia Lane.
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