Bristol Palin Got Threatened Because Of Mom's E-mail Hacker, Says Lawyer

Apr. 22 2010, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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Bristol Palin feared for her own safety and that of her then-unborn child after hacker David Kernell posted her cell number on the Internet, has learned.

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“She became worried and anxious because the threats had to be taken very seriously at that particular time,” her lawyer Thomas Van Flein told Thursday.

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“These were legitimate concerns for Bristol. It was a very disturbing and serious time that caused her a lot of stress."

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Bristol testified in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Wednesday that she was 17 and pregnant in 2008 when her mother Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! account was invaded after the former Alaska governor was picked as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

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Bristol told the court that she was worried when a bunch of boys called, claiming they were at her front door and wanted in.

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“We live in the middle of nowhere in Alaska ... in the middle of the woods,” Bristol said during the trial.

The trial against 22-year old Kernell is due to continue Thursday and although Sarah Palin has been subpoenaed to testify it is still unclear if she will appear in court.

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Kernell is on trial on charges of identity theft, wire fraud, intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization and obstructing an FBI investigation. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for up to 50 years.



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