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Jun 17, 2010 12:05 PM by Greg Boyce

Palin hacker to be sentenced

A judge set a Sept. 24 sentencing date for a former University of Tennessee student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail as the Republican campaigned for vice
president in 2008.

Records show 22-year-old David Kernell faces a possible prison sentence of 15 to 21 months. He was found guilty April 30 in federal court in Knoxville of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer.  The former Alaska governor and her daughter testified the hacking caused emotional hardships.

Kernell's attorney contended the hacking was a prank. The judge at a brief Wednesday hearing agreed to consider a defense motion challenging the obstruction case.
A prosecutor declined comment Thursday, while a defense attorney didn't immediately return a phone message.

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