Judge Rules Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! E-mails Must Be Preserved; David Kernell Receives Indictment

Posted Oct 12, 2008

This past week, David Kernell was indicted with a charge for accessing Sarah Palin’s protected computer by means of an interstate communication.  The maximum charge can be a $250,000 fine and 5 years of prison for this charge.  Kernell pleaded not guilty to this charge.  Around the same time that this was taking place, Superior Court Judge Craig Stowers was looking at this case from another perception.

Judge Stowers ordered that Sarah Palin’s must be preserved.  Andree McLeod, a Republican watchdog pushed the case forward.  The e-mails exchanged between Palin, her husband, and others may reveal how the vice-presidential candidate runs the state of Alaska.  The e-mails may also reveal any communication about Walt Monegan. 

Walt Monegan is the former Police Chief of Anchorage, Alaska.  Sarah Palin laid him off on July 11, 2008 for not being “a team player on budgeting issues.”  Palin offered Monegan a position as a director of the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, but he turned it down.  Monegan also stated that he resisted pressure from Sarah and Todd Palin to fire Trooper Mike Wooten.  Wooten was in a custody battle with, Sarah Palin’s sister Molly at the time. 

David Kernell brought Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! e-mail account into the public eye.  And the e-mails revealed in the screenshots that Kernell published clearly indicate that the e-mails relate to legislation.  Palin and her husband also created an e-mail account monitored by a computer company in Wasilla, Alaska.  That e-mail account was frozen after Kernell penetrated the Yahoo! account.

“On one hand, I’m pleased that the judge saw fit to order the retrieval and preservation of these e-mails, to the extent of going to the providers to get them,” stated McLeod.  McLeod is a Republican who used to be close to Palin. “But on the other hand, I’m amazed that I even have to go to court to get the governor to comply with Alaska’s public record laws.”

McLeod also is pushing for Palin to release 1,100 e-mails that have been withheld from the public.  This includes 40 that were CC’d to Sarah’s husband.  McLeod was described by Palin as a disgruntled former employee.  However, Palin endorsed McLeod in 2004 as a state House candidate that is “not afraid to stand up for what’s right.”

David Kernell does not deserve jail-time.  I actually think that he did the right thing by bringing this into the limelight.  It helps keep politicians transparent.