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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Defense: Hacking Palin email was 'prank'

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In Knoxville, the son of a state legislator is on trial after he reportedly guessed Sarah Palin's email password and took screenshots of her account, which he then posted online. Prosecutors say the 20-year-old did it for political motives -- David Kernell is a Democrat, and this happened during the heart of the presidential campaign. His defense attorney, though, says it was nothing more than a prank.

It sounds like a useless distinction, but it could help the defense. (Assuming the jury buys it.) They're arguing that prosecutors charged Kernell with felonies simply because the case involves Sarah Palin. Instead, they say, Kernell should be charged with a misdemeanor. Palin is expected to testify during the trial.

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