More charges filed against UT student in Palin email case

More charges filed against UT student in Palin email case

David Kernell David Kernell

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The University of Tennessee student accused of breaking into former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's email now faces more charges.

David Kernell was arraigned Monday morning on a new four count federal indictment.

The charges include:

  • Illegal use of someone else's identification in interstate commerce with the intent to commit fraud.
  • Intent to devise a scheme to defraud information from Gov. Palin's email.
  • Invasion of Gov. Palin's privacy and access of a computer protected by means of interstate commerce.
  • Altering destroying or concealing documents to obstruct the FBI investigation.

Kernell now faces up to 50 years in prison and $1 million in fines. He pleaded not guilty to all four counts.

Kernell, the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell (D-Memphis), was charged with tapping into Palin's email, then telling the world about it anonymously on a Web site forum in September 2008.

Kernell's trial date is scheduled for October 27.

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