Via Lee Davis at Chattanoogan.com:
The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it would not hear a case concerning the man who hacked into the email account of Sarah Palin. The hacker, David Kernell, was convicted of a felony related to his hacking and eventual posting of the Republican candidate’s emails online.
Kernell served a year and a day in federal prison in Kentucky and is currently on probation. Kernell was studying at the University of Tennessee in 2008 when Sarah Palin was running for Vice President. Kernell’s father, Mike, has been a Tennessee Representative for Shelby County for the past 38 years.
The younger Kernell, a frequent user of the popular internet message board service known as 4chan, hacked into Palin’s Yahoo! e-mail account using the site’s password recovery feature.
Beyond just stealing the information, Kernell made the additional bad decision of deleting the evidence. He commented at one point that he was afraid the FBI would investigate his stunt and, in an attempt to cover things up, deleted files from his computer, removing his browser and defragmenting his hard drive. Turns out Kernell was right and the FBI did launch an investigation, eventually stumbling upon a 4chan post where he bragged about this technical savvy perpetrating the hack.
A panel of the 6th Circuit said that Kernell admitted anticipating such an investigation and as a result, his conviction was justified. Now that the Supreme Court has declined to hear the case Kernell’s conviction will stand.