Jury selection to begin Tuesday in case of alleged Palin hacker

David Kernell
David Kernell

By Janice Broach - bio | email

KNOXVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the case of a Germantown High School graduate who is accused of hacking into Sarah Palin's email account.

Monday, David Kernell and his attorneys left a pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in Knoxville without commenting.

Kernell, a University of Tennessee student who is taking time off for the trial, is accused of hacking into Palin's personal e-mail account, the password then posting it on line where at least one other person accessed he account.

He is also accused of looking over the account for politically damaging information. When the account was hacked in 2008, Palin was Republican John McCain's running mate.

Kernell's attorneys argue the government simply put two misdemeanor charges together and called them a felony in one of the counts against him. They have repeatedly tried to get the charges against him dismissed.

Computer experts, discussing the case in the media, say it is unusual for a case like this to actually go to trial.  

Jury selection will begin Tuesday with a panel of 100 possible jurors. Over the objection of Kernell's attorneys, a judge ruled that potential jurors will be given numbers, and their names will not be made public.

Palin is expected to testify during the trial.

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