Case Study: US V. Kernell

Law360, New York (March 13, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT) -- It was perhaps one of the odder stories of a historic presidential campaign. A Tennessee college student hacked into Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's Yahoo! email account and posted access information on the Internet. When the student — David Kernell, son of a Democratic state senator — was arrested a few days later, the story quickly faded, to revive briefly when Kernell was convicted two years later and sentenced to a year in federal prison.

The Sixth Circuit's recent affirmance, however, addresses...
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