Mar 11, 2009

More charges filed in Palin e-mail hacking case

The University of Tennessee student accused of hacking into the persoanl e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (pictured) picked up three additional federal charges at his arraignment on Monday.

David Kernell, the son of a Democratic Tennessee state legislator, was charged with unlawfully transmitting electronic information, fraud and attempting to impede an FBI investigation in addition to an earlier hacking charge.

Kernell pleaded not guilty to the new charges, according to The Associated Press, as he did in September after he was arrested for hacking.

If convicted, Kernell could face a $250,000 fine and up to three years in prison.