2010年5月6日木曜日

Palin Inc

PalinIncが話題。
当時テネシー大学生で、当時の米民主党選対副会長の息子がペイリンの
ヤフーアカウントに対して、詐欺と妨害をした犯罪でテネシー陪審は
有罪判決を出した。
子供の写真が大衆にさらされたことをブリストルは心配していると言う。

ペイリンの年収
アラスカ州知事は12.5千ドル
現在、1200万ドル
 内訳
  ベストセラー"Going Rogue" 700万ドル
  FoxNews契約金 200万ドル
          25万ドル/エピソード

トロントガン治療センタのチャリティディナーショー契約金 20万ドル

ペイリンが知事を辞めた理由は、次期大統領選の準備と噂されていたが、
本当は、準備のための資金集めだったとの報道もある。
国民皆保険による増税で米国民から評判の悪い米民主党。
戦死者は増加し続けるが、追い風になるかもしれない共和党。
米国では、二大政党から他の政党を求める声もある。
来年から始まる大統領選。ペイリン以外にも候補は多い。
中傷合戦で何が出てくるかがお楽しみだ。

米中間選挙活動開始


Jurors In Palin Email Case Stuck On One Charge


Student Hacks Sarah Palin's Email Faces Charges


E-mail hacking: As easy as 1-2-3?


---Student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin e-mail account---
Page last updated at 23:38 GMT, Friday, 30 April 2010 00:38 UK
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8655569.stm

A jury in Tennessee has convicted a former student of hacking the e-mail account of Sarah Palin.

David Kernell, 22, was found guilty of obstructing justice and unauthorised access to a computer.

The son of a Democratic lawmaker, he faces up to 20 years in prison for the first charge and one year for the charge of hacking.

He broke into Mrs Palin's e-mail account during her 2008 Republican campaign for the US vice-presidency.

Kernell was cleared of a charge of wire fraud.

'Political intrigue'

The jury were unable to agree on a verdict on a charge of identity fraud, for which he could face another trial.

Wade Davies, Kernell's lawyer, had said his client's actions amounted to a college prank, rather than a crime.

Kernell was a student at the University of Tennessee at the time.

But prosecutors said it was an attempt to influence a national election through illegal means.

The jury took four days to reach a decision.

Mrs Palin, a former governor of Alaska, posted a statement on her Facebook page saying she was "thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict".

"As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates' private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election," it read.

Mr Davies said in a statement that Kernell, whose father is Tennessee's Democratic representative Mike Kernell, was "grateful for the time and consideration the jury gave to his case".

In a 30-minute testimony last Friday, Mrs Palin said that Kernell had compromised the main way she had communicated with her family during the campaign by breaking into her Yahoo e-mail account.

Earlier this week, her daughter Bristol testified that she had received harassing calls and text messages after screen shots of e-mails from the account revealed her mobile phone number.


---Man guilty on 2 counts in Palin hacking case---
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 5:49 p.m. ET April 30, 2010
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/36875777/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

Former Alaska governor calls federal jury verdict 'just'

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker was convicted Friday on two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008.

The federal court jury reached its verdict against David Kernell, 22, after four days of deliberation. He was found guilty of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer, but was acquitted on a charge of wire fraud.

The jury deadlocked on a charge of identify theft. Prosecutors reserve the right to have a new trial on that charge.

The charge of obstructing an investigation carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and unauthorized access to a computer is a misdemeanor with a maximum one-year sentence.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips did not immediately set a sentencing date.

Kernell's defense attorney maintained the hack amounted to college prank, not a crime. Kernell was a student at the University of Tennessee at the time. Prosecutors argued it was a more serious effort to damage Palin's political campaign.

Knoxville Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Weddle, the chief prosecutor in the case, said they had not decided whether to try Kernell again on the identity theft charge.

Palin and her daughter Bristol testified about harassment and disruption they suffered after some e-mail was posted online showing personal cell phone numbers.

Palin: 'Just verdict'
The former Alaska governor posted a statement on her Facebook page, saying she and her family "are thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict."

"As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates' private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election," the statement said.

Jurors were told by the judge not to speak to the media and they declined comment as they left courthouse. Kernell, his mother and defense attorney Wade Davies also declined comment as they walked away.

Davies said in a statement released afterward that Kernell is doing well, appreciates the support of family and friends and is "grateful for the time and consideration the jury gave to his case." Davies said further comment would be inappropriate with the case still pending.


---Palin E-Mail Hacker Convicted on 2 of 4 Charges---
Updated April 30, 2010
FOXNews.com
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/30/palin-e-mail-hacker-convicted-charges/

A Tennessee jury on Friday convicted the man who hacked Sarah Palin's e-mail account on two of four charges -- computer fraud and obstruction of justice. The panel did not find David Kernall guilty guilty of wire fraud. It deadlocked on an identity theft charge.

A Tennessee jury on Friday convicted the man who hacked Sarah Palin's e-mail account on two of four charges -- computer fraud and obstruction of justice. The panel did not find David Kernall guilty guilty of wire fraud. It deadlocked on an identity theft charge.

The former University of Tennessee student faced as much as 50 years for breaking into Palin's e-mail while the former Alaska governor was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008.

The two charges for which Kendall was convicted -- unlawful computer access and obstruction of justice -- carried a combined maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. It also calls for as much as eight years of supervised release, but it will be up to the judge to decide the sentence.

Prosecutors reserve the right to hold a new trial on the one charge for which they deadlocked.

Palin and her daughter Bristol testified during the trial, which lasted just a few days. Bristol Palin said she was distressed to find pictures of her newborn son in the public eye after her mother's e-mail was hacked. Defense attorneys argued Kernall, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, was just committing a college prank.

The jury deliberated for four days.


---Story Pick: Sarah Palin Inc.---
By Ian Shapira April 27, 2010; 7:26 AM ET
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/story-lab/2010/04/story_pick_sarah_palin_corp.html

Sarah Palin's ascendancy in politics and media is well established, but Gabriel Sherman, in a New York magazine cover story, shows that her journey has been accompanied by startling amounts of money. According to Sherman's "The Revolution Will Be Commercialized," the narrative of Palin's success -- after her 2008 vice presidential campaign -- includes a litany of profit-making deals.

First, in May 2009, she scored a $7 million book deal with HarperCollins, which ultimately resulted in "Going Rogue," which sold 2.2 million copies. In January 2010, Sherman writes, Palin inked a three-year deal to be a Fox News contributor for $1 million a year. Last month, she and reality television show producer Mark Burnett sold a cable show based on her life to TLC for $1 million an episode, "of which Palin is said to take in about $250,000 for each of the eight installments," according to Sherman. Oh, and Palin commands $100,000 per speech.

So much has been written about Palin, but Sherman does a great job of capturing what her life has been like since she left the Alaska governorship. One closely observed paragraph sticks outs from his travels to the northern frontier:

In Wasilla, the Palins are in the midst of a major lifestyle upgrade. There’s a new Escalade in the driveway and a new Dodge Ram pickup for Bristol, says someone who knows the family. When I visited in early April, the sound of whirring saws and hammers could be heard emanating from the trees from the deck of the Best Western Hotel next door, which, since the campaign, has served as a base camp of sorts for visiting press. Todd’s cherry-red seaplane sits propped on its floats by the shoreline.

There, are of course, several anonymous sources, which Sherman used freely in a recent New Republic piece critiquing The Washington Post. But this story feels more deeply reported. The piece says so much about a broader aspect of our media-dominated culture, and how quickly a politician can swiftly catapult into extreme celebrity and money.


---Palin, Inc.---
APRIL 14, 2010, 2:01 P.M. ET
By JOHN FUND
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303348504575184150897377136.html

Sarah Palin has brought in at least 100 times her old annual salary as governor.

No one knows if Sarah Palin is running for president in 2012, but we do know her decision to resign as governor of Alaska has brought her a bonanza of riches she couldn't have tapped if she had remained in her $125,000-a-year government job.

ABC News estimates that since she left the governor's office just eight short months ago, Ms. Palin has brought in at least 100 times her old annual salary -- or a minimum of $12 million. Her best-selling book, "Going Rogue," was sold to Harper Collins for an estimated $7 million, her deal with Fox News is said to be worth up to $2 million, and she will make about $250,000 an episode for an eight-part Learning Channel show on the culture and sights of Alaska.

Then there are the paid speaking engagements. While Ms. Palin does many events for free or donates the proceeds to charity, she's still hauling in several six-figure fees for speeches to groups ranging from economic conferences to university gatherings. Her clients have included the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, the Complete Woman Expo, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, and the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference. Tomorrow, she will cross the border into Canada to speak for an estimated $200,000 at a fundraising dinner for a cancer center and hospital near Toronto. Tickets, priced at $200 each, have sold out.

At the same time, Ms. Palin's political action committee is raising decent but unspectacular amounts. SarahPAC raised $400,000 in the first quarter of this year, a haul smaller than similar PACs run by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty ($566,000) and Mitt Romney ($1.45 million). Both men are likely candidates for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

All in all, the available evidence is that Ms. Palin's Excellent Adventure Tour is bringing in too much fun and profit for her to consider giving it up as early as next year to run for president. At age 46, she has the luxury of securing her financial future, repairing cracks in her credibility from the 2008 campaign and waiting for another year to run for president. If I had to bet, she'll still be running for the gold in 2012 rather than the presidential brass ring.

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