By Tony Romm - 04/20/10 05:45 PM EDT
Jury selection begins today in the case of a 22-year-old college student who hacked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Four felony charges await David Kernal, a student at the University of Tennessee, for breaching Palin's Yahoo! inbox and posting its contents online: identity theft, wire fraud, intentionally accessing her account without permission and impeding an FBI investigation.
According to reports, Kernal could face up to 50 years in jail for his alleged transgressions.
But in a move that is sure to shower the trial with additional media attention, Palin has signaled she will "honor" a subpoena request, meaning she could take the witness stand. Her spokesman, however, declined to explain the governor's reasoning to an AP reporter late Monday.