Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Air Algerie investigation continues

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Dozens of youths trampled to death on Conakry beach

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola death toll tops 700

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

UNRWA official breaks down over Gaza deaths

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Renault's women drivers ad deemed sexist

Read more

FOCUS

Constitution prohibits Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

War and Markets, with Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank

Read more

  • Israel and Hamas agree on 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Video: Inside Hamas ‘terror’ tunnels in Gaza

    Read more

  • France remembers murdered socialist hero Jean Jaurès

    Read more

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over spread of Ebola

    Read more

  • Investigators reach MH17 site amid 24-hour ceasefire

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Scores feared dead in India landslide

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay further €1.9 billion to Yukos shareholders

    Read more

  • Iraq's Christians: Nowhere to Run?

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

  • US House votes to sue Obama for over-reaching his powers

    Read more

  • Argentina fails to reach deal with creditors

    Read more

Americas

Son of Democratic lawmaker found guilty of hacking Sarah Palin's email

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-01

David Kernell, the 22-year-old son of a Democratic lawmaker, was found guilty by a Tennessee jury of illegally accessing the email account of US politician Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential race. He faces a 20-year prison sentence.

AFP - An American man who hacked into the email account of then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was convicted Friday on charges of illegally accessing her email and obstruction of justice.

David Kernell, 22, was convicted on the two charges by a Tennessee jury, which acquitted him of a third charge of wire fraud.

"My family and I are thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict," Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

"Besides the obvious invasion of privacy and security concerns surrounding this issue, many of us are concerned about the integrity of our country's political elections," she added.

In a statement, Kernell's lawyers said he was "doing well," adding that he was "grateful for the time and consideration the jury gave to his case."

Palin's email was hacked in September 2008 as she campaigned alongside Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

A number of her emails and two family photos taken from her account were posted online.

Kernell faces a maximum of one year in prison and a 100,000-dollar fine for unauthorized access of Palin's email, and 20 years in prison and a 250,000-dollar fine for the obstruction of justice charge, the Justice Department said.

Date created : 2010-05-01

COMMENT(S)