Sarah Palin’s e-mail account hacker found guilty

A former University of Tennessee student was found guilty by a federal court jury for hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail account and for posting publicly some of its contents in 2008.

Back then, Palin was running for the Vice Presidential seat under the Republican party.

David Kernell, 22, is the son of a Tennesee lawmaker. He was just a college student in 2008. His defense attorney cited that the incident only amounted to a prank and not a crime.

Kernell was found guilty on two charges: 1) obstruction of justice and 2) unauthorized access to a computer. He was, however, acquitted on the charge of wire fraud. The jury deadlocked on the charge of identity theft.

The decision carried the possibility of Kernell suffering a combined maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.