Jurors deliberate 6 hours in Palin e-mail case

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A federal jury has deliberated six hours without reaching a verdict in the case against a former University of Tennessee student charged with hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail.

The jury of eight men and six women started deliberating in Knoxville Tuesday morning, then adjourned for the day around 4:45 p.m. EDT in the case against 22-year-old David Kernell. They will return Wednesday.

He is charged with identity theft, wire fraud, aiding and abetting computer fraud and obstruction of justice. Kernell faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

He is accused of hacking into the then-Alaska governor's e-mail while she was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008.

Palin and her daughter Bristol testified.

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