The incident where David Kernell was accused of hacking into Sarah Palin’s email and releasing it during the presidential race in 2008 has gone under the radar.
However, Kernell was found guilty in April 2010 of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer. Sentencing was schedule for late September. It has been rescheduled to October 29. U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips refused to throw out the convictions, but Kernell’s lawyer is appealing the case to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Kernell could face 15 to 21 months in prision.
Kernell is the son of state representative Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, who is up for election Nov. 2. He does have a Republican opponent. Tim Cook is running for the District 73 seat Kernell has held for 36 years. The Democrat is a friend to the more taxes faction and has pushed for a state income tax.
It’s a shame that Cook hasn’t run more aggressively for this seat. The district, which includes parts of East Memphis, has a good number of Republicans who, if this case is called to their attention, would remember the harm done to the Palin family and be dissuaded for voting for Kernell.