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Will Accused Palin Hacker Testify?

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former University of Tennessee student charged with hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail has to decide if his testimony will help his defense as the federal trial moves into its second week in Knoxville.

Prosecutors say David Kernell was trying to derail Palin's campaign when he accessed her personal e-mail account while she was the Republican candidate for vice president in 2008.

Kernell's attorney, Wade Davies, said after the government rested its case Friday there is a "possibility" that his client will testify.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips told Kernell that the decision whether to testify in the case is "your right and yours alone."

Convictions on the identity theft and three other felony charges carry a maximum possible penalty of 50 years in prison.

 

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