Instead, the 22-year-old was found guilty of using criminal means to interfere with a federal election, convicted of a felony and will probably get some time in prison. Was it worth it?
Palin E-Mail Snoop Found Guilty on Two Charges
Obstruction of justice and computer fraud convictions could carry hefty jail time.
May 3, 2010 3:33 am
A federal jury in Knoxville last week convicted David Kernell, 22, of two charges in connection with the 2008 episode where he accessed the personal Yahoo e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and then initiated a worldwide rummaging of its contents.
Kernell was found guilty of computer fraud - a misdemeanor subject to a prison term of up to one year -- and obstruction of justice, which carries a maximum 20-year sentence. He was found not guilty of wire fraud and the jury deadlocked on a fourth charge of identity theft, according to a report by WBIR.com.