TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 9, 2018

The former University of Tennessee student who gained national exposure when he hacked in to vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's email account died last week of complications related to progressive multiple sclerosis, the Commercial Appeal reports. While Palin supporters likened his acts to the Watergate break-in, Kernell's Knoxville attorney Wade Davies argued that the actions were more like a prank. All but one felony charge was dismissed and Kernell served 10 months in prison for obstruction of justice. "David did not let this incident define him," his family said in a prepared statement. "He returned to UT Knoxville to complete his economics degree and further refined his programming skills by helping his local community."