Sarah Palin's private email account was hacked into during the 2008 Presidential campaign. The individual, David Kernell, who was caught doing it is currently on trial in his home state of Tennessee. He faces four felony counts - identiy theft, wire fraud, computer fraud, and obstruction of justice. His defense attorney has portrayed him as a 'prankster' who hasn't broken any law.
I'm not going to comment on him or the trial - my feelings should be obvious to anyone who has read this blog. What I am outraged about is the behavior of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in this matter.
You remember the firestorm that was touched off when the 'climate-gate' emails were hacked into and released? Boxer (as I pointed out in my Nov. 16, 2009 posting) freaked out, using her committee to accuse the hackers of crimes. The actual content of the emails were irrelevant to her - it was the act of finding them that was illegal and outrageous, and deserving of prosecution.
Sen. Boxer, with all due respect (which is absolutely none), why are you not out in front using your bully pulpit to support Palin and attack the hacker? If hacking emails is so heinous that it demands your committee's attention, shouldn't you be doing it in a bi-partisan way? Why have we not heard from you on this? Why are you not demanding a Congressional investigation - after all, it was a FEMALE VP candidate who was violated ....
It's a rhetorical question, of course. We know that illegal activities done by liberals or in the name of liberal causes are heroic displays of patriotism for the far left. Those same activities done by someone who disagrees with causes promoted by the left are horrible, racist, nazi crimes against humanity.
Two faced bitch ...
Update - The jury found Kernell guilty of computer fraud and obstruction of justice, found him not guilty of wire fraud, and deadlcked on identity theft. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $500K fine, but the punishment will be decided by the jdge, and won't be nearly that harsh. The US attorney reserved the right to retry on the identity theft charge - they will probably wait to see what punishment is handed down before decidiing whether to pursue it or not.
Kernell, by the way, is the son of a Democrat state representative in Tennessee.