Palin expected to testify in e-mail hijacking trial

March 11, 2010 

In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, picture, David Kernell, 20, the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker, leaves the federal courthouse in Knoxville, Tenn. Three more federal charges have been filed against the University of Tennessee student charged with hacking into the personal e-mail account of Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Lisa Norman-Hudson)

Sarah Palin is expected to testify in April in the trial of a Tennessee college student who accessed her Yahoo e-mail account while she was running for vice president in 2008, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell posted Palin e-mails online at a time when controversy was arising over her use of private e-mail accounts to conduct Alaska government business.

Kernell's defense attorney, Wade Davies, wants Palin to bring any documents relating to that account - when it was opened, how it could be accessed and why, and who was allowed to use it. ... Federal prosecutors have insisted Davies' records request of Palin is a veiled fishing expedition.

Regardless of what, if any, records Palin is ordered to bring, her presence is guaranteed. She is, prosecutors note, the alleged victim.

Kernell, the son of longtime Democratic Memphis state Rep. Mike Kernell, faces a four-count indictment accusing him of stealing Palin's identity, improperly accessing her personal e-mail account, allowing at least one other person to access it and trying to wipe from his laptop evidence of his alleged crimes.

Also in April, Palin will hold a fundraiser in Minneapolis for the re-election campaign of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, reports Politico. And Fox News details events planned for the big late-March reunion in Arizona of Palin and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain as McCain fights a tough Senate re-election battle.

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