A former University of Tennessee student who was convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail during the 2008 presidential election has been sentenced to a year and a day in custody.
A federal judge recommended Friday that David Kernell serve his time in at the Midway Rehabilitative Center on Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville, a halfway house, instead of prison.
Kernell was also sentenced to three years probation. The Bureau of Prisons will decide if he is allowed to go to the halfway house.
Kernell’s attorney had asked the judge not to sentence him to custody and instead wanted only probation. The attorney noted that similar cases had resulted in probation.
Court documents showed that prosecutors argued for 18 months in prison.
A federal court in Knoxville found Kernell guilty in April of hacking into Palin’s emails.
Both Palin and her daughter testified in the case.
Prosecutors say that Kernell got access to Palin’s e-mail by resetting the password. He used publicly available information to help complete the infiltration.
“There was nothing there, nothing incriminating — all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor,” Kernell wrote.
Kernell is the son of longtime Democratic Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell.
Cops handcuff 4 black children at gunpoint after pulling over wrong vehicle
Aurora, Colorado police are being criticized nationwide after officers stopped an SUV and forced the occupants, including four Black children, out of the vehicle, handcuffed at least two of them with their hands behind their backs, and forced them to lie face down on the hot parking lot pavement.
In the video below the children and the adult driving the car can be heard crying and screaming. The youngest girl, just six years old, is wearing a tiara. Some of the officers are not wearing masks.
ABC affiliate The Denver Channel reports the cops made an error, wrongly "matching" the license plate number of the SUV to an out-of-state license plate of a motorcycle.
Bank VP gets booted from family business after responding to Obama’s eulogy with racist Facebook screed
According to the Valdosta Daily Times, an executive at a small family bank has been removed from his job after a racist, anti-Semitic Facebook post in response to President Barack Obama's eulogy of civil rights leader John Lewis.
"David Hollis has been asked by Citizens Community Bank to resign both his position and his role on the bank's board of directors, according to a CCB statement to the Valdosta Daily Times," reported Chris Herbert. "'The employee was asked to submit his resignation and is no longer employed by the bank, nor will he be serving on the board of directors,' the statement read."
The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults
Physical pain is unpleasant, yet it’s vital for survival because it’s a warning that your body is in danger. It tells you to take your hand off a hot burner or to see a doctor about discomfort in your chest. Pain reminds us all that we need to take care of ourselves.
Feeling lonely is the social equivalent to feeling physical pain. It even triggers the same pathways in the brain that are involved in processing emotional responses to physical pain.
Just like feeling physical pain, feeling lonely and disconnected from others is also a signal that we need to take care of ourselves by seeking the safety and comfort of companionship. But what happens when we are unable to find companionship and the loneliness persists?