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Sarah Palin’s e-mail hacker convicted
Washington, May 1 (IANS):
Published on 2 May. 2010 12:01 AM IST
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A college student who hacked into the e-mail account of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and posted some of its contents on the internet has been convicted by a US court.
The jury Friday convicted David Kernell, 22, on two charges: unauthorised access to a computer and obstruction of justice. The court, however, did not find him guilty of wire fraud and identity theft.
Judge Thomas Phillips declared a mistrial on the identity theft charge but did not set a date for sentencing, The Washington Post reported. Kernell was charged with breaking into Palin’s e-mail while she was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008. Defense attorney Wade Davies has said Kernell’s action were a prank. Prosecutors claimed he was trying to damage Palin’s campaign.
The obstruction charge alone carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years; the misdemeanour count is punishable by up to one year in jail.
Palin issued a statement on her Facebook page, thanking the jury and prosecutors and explaining the case’s importance.
Kernell was released on bond while barred from using a computer except for school assignments and e-mail.

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