Kernell, who was 20 at the time of the breach, doesn't deny cracking
Palin's account and changing the password to something dear to every
dorm resident's heart: "popcorn." But he has said it was just "a
college prank." Prosecutors argue that he was out to torpedo her
candidacy and that he committed a crime by tapping in and posting
personal information, such as e-mails and contact lists, on the
Internet, using the screen name "rubico." Click Here
djms: This is a bit upsetting and unsettling.
When pushed for an answer, as to if 50 years in prison is a bit of a
stiff punishment for this college kid, Sarah said, "I think there
need to be consequences for bad behavior."
supported Sarah, right up until she began to support Mitt Romney.
And even with jumping ship (the Sarah ship), I showed and have
continue to show extreme respect for her. I even said that I'd get
right back on deck, if she retracts her support for Romney. Fact is,
I like Sarah.
However, if she really believes that this kid
deserves 50 years behind bars (or any years for that matter) then I
am going to have to assume that she is no longer the woman that I
came to so greatly admire.
I admit that there should be some type of restitution for what this
kid did. There should be a
huge fee and community service. Heck there should be some service to
Sarah and a financial payment to be divided between all those whose
privacy was imposed upon by this prank. But jail time? Oh come
Heck from the sounds of that one communication that he
had online, it sounds like he didn't plan to actually do anything on
her account. This we see by the person who said to at least give the
password to others, so that they could ruin her life. Clearly,
though he was wrong for giving the password to others for such, he
was not actually willing to do it himself. And he probably realized
that the others were not really able to ruin her life with the
password. Here's the thing; the minute her account was compromised,
nothing could be proven to have been typed by her or any of her
family and friends. A compromised account, could be fudged to say
I would be so angry if someone hacked into my email
account. But NOT angry enough to want a college kid's life ruined
Had it been an older adult that really was out to
destroy her, but a college kid, clearly showing off for his friends?
Come on Sarah. I have kids that are
practically-perfect-in-every-way, too. But even our heavenly little
angels mess up. Show this kid the love of Christ. There was no real
damage done to you over this. Look at it this way. If anything this
kid's prank proved that you were a decent lady. Now it's your turn
to prove that you still are. --Cut the kid a break.
Smith - 04-24-10