New Charges Filed Against Sarah Palin Hacker
The man charged with illegally breaking into Sarah Palin's email account has been hit with three new charges.
March 10, 2009
The accused, David Kernell, currently a student at University of Tennessee, has pleaded not guilty to the new charges. The new charges have been widely criticized.
According to US law, unauthorized access of a protected computer (Kernell's initial charge) is usually charged as a misdemeanor. The only exception available is when it's used to commit a separate crime. Prosecutors claim that the other crime was the unauthorized access of Sarah Palin's email.
Kernell's case dates from September last year, when he managed to put together publicly available info to successfully reset Sarah Palin's Yahoo email.
The next hearing, scheduled this May, has been moved to October 27.