KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The man charged with hacking the e-mail account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and posting some of the contents on a public Web site pleaded not guilt today after being indicted for intentionally breaching the account. David Kernell, a 20-year-old student at the University of Tennessee and son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker was released under conditions that restricts his computer usage to school-only activities.
Kernell is set to go on trial on December 16th and faces a maximum of five years in prison or a $250,000 fine, the AP reports. Mike Kernell, a state representative, has said he had nothing to do with the hacking incident. Prosecutors allege that Kernell re-set the password of Palin’s personal e-mail account in order to read the contents and later posted it on a public Web site.