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Sarah Palin hacked email case: student gets sentencing date

Sarah Palin email case is one further step down the road. A sentencing date for the University of Tennessee student has been set.

Sarah Palin hacked email case has a sentencing date. The University of Tennessee student faces a possible prison sentence of 15 to 21 months.

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A judge set a Sept. 24 sentencing date for a former University of Tennessee student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail as the Republican campaigned for vice president in 2008.

Records show 22-year-old David Kernell faces a possible prison sentence of 15 to 21 months. He was found guilty April 30 in federal court in Knoxville of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer.

The former Alaska governor and her daughter testified the hacking caused emotional hardships.

Kernell's attorney contended the hacking was a prank.

The judge at a brief Wednesday hearing agreed to consider a defense motion challenging the obstruction case.

A prosecutor declined comment Thursday, while a defense attorney didn't immediately return a phone message.

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