Bristol Palin got frightening voice mails after mom's email breach

Bristol Palin describes frightening voice mails after mother's email breach

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By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, testified Wednesday afternoon about how her life changed after her mother's Yahoo email account was compromised.

David Kernell is being tried in federal court for breaking into Palin's email and resetting her password while he was a University of Tennessee student in Knoxville.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was Republican presidential nominee John McCain's running mate at the time the incident occurred.

Bristol Palin described scary voice mails, along with random texts and calls after her cell number was posted on the Internet. She said she eventually gave her phone to the Secret Service.

Her testimony lasted about 20 minutes.

Testimony began Wednesday morning with a Yahoo records manager about email accounts registered to "gov.palin" and "Rubico." Prosecutors said "Rubico" was a nickname for Kernell.

Palin's friend, Ivey Frye, also testified Wednesday.

Frye worked in the Alaska governor's office for Palin and testified that she received vulgar and threatening emails once Palin's account was compromised.

Frye said those same emails went to Palin's parents, friends and family members on a daily basis.

Wednesday afternoon, one of Palin's staff members, Frank Bailey, testified that he told Palin not to use a Yahoo account because it was not secure.

Kernell was charged with four felonies in October 2008, including identity theft, wire fraud, computer fraud and obstruction of justice.

Sarah Palin is expected to testify, and her husband, Todd, is also on the prosecution's witness list.

The trial started Tuesday. A jury of eight men and six women is hearing the case. Two of them are alternates.

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