Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Guy Charged With Hacking Gov. Palin's Email

The Guy Charged With Hacking Gov. Palin's Email

I remember when this happened, there were a lot of people arguing that it wasn't politically motivated. And now we see who has been indicted:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hacking the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn. entered the plea in federal court in Knoxville, the same day prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging him with intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization.
Kernell, an economics student at the University of Tennessee, was brought into court wearing handcuffs and shackles on his ankles.
He was released without posting bond, but the court forbade him from owning a computer and limited his Internet use to checking e-mail and doing class work.
Kernell's father is longtime state Rep. Mike Kernell of Memphis, chairman of Tennessee's House Government Operations Committee. The lawmaker has said he had nothing to do with the hacking incident.
Maybe not. But there's a reason that my friend Stacy McCain (no, not a relative of that other McCain) wrote a book called Donkey Cons a few years ago. There are lots of crooked and morally depraved politicians, and no party has a monopoly on this--but it is astonishing how much more often they turn out to be Democrats than Republicans.

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