Convicted Palin email hacker granted early release from probation

1:31 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
David Kernell walks to U.S. District Court
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The University of Tennessee student who was convicted of hacking into Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's email during the 2008 election year has been released early from federal supervision.

David Kernell, the son of Memphis lawmaker Mike Kernell, a democrat, was sentenced to sentenced to 12 months plus one
day behind bars, followed by three years of supervised probation.  The sentence was set to end in November 2014.

After he was released from prison in 2011, Kernell finished his degree at UT. 

His attorney filed a motion asked for Kernell's early release, based on the fact that he's fulfilled the terms on his sentence to this point, his probation officer has no objection, and his recent graduation from UT. 

U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips granted the request this month.

Kernell's attorney has always contended that Kernell had no criminal intent when he guessed his way into Palin's email account, and called it a youthful prank.


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