Sarah Palin's long-term political prospects, was the discovery process filing made yesterday in Federal court, on behalf of Tennessee student, David C. Kernell, by his attorney, Wade Davies. Davies is requesting the following information and documents in his client's defense in the Palin Yahoo account hacking charge trial:
• Any that show whether Palin paid attention to privacy policies set by Yahoo for her personal e-mail account.
• Any that reveal who Palin may have allowed access to the account, through which she funneled government-related information.
• Any that show who in her administration could use private e-mail accounts for official business.
• All open records requests about use of those private accounts filed during Palin's tenure as governor and their outcomes.
• Any "voluntary disclosure of e-mail addresses of family members, pictures of Gov. Palin's family, cell phone numbers of family members, dates of birth of Gov. Palin and members of her family and/or the address book for the Yahoo! e-mail account" at issue in the case.
The judge seems a bit skeptical about the reach of the request, and the lead prosecutor, Greg Weddle, objected to to a "fishing expedition" by Kernell's attorney. But the judge is already determining whether FBI information obtained from their own "fishing expedition" into Kernell's attorney should be tossed. Davies has been instructed by the magistrate judge to pare down and narrow the scope of his requests.
I spoke briefly this afternoon with Jamie Satterfield, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reporter who wrote the story. She stated that Kernell's attorney is "very highly regarded." She also told me that the magistrate judge will pass on the final trial or deal package to a Federal district court judge. She seemed to feel the mid-October trial date might get set to later in the year, if it gets more complicated. Furthermore, she is surprised, as noted in her story, that at least six Federal investigators and attorneys attended the latest hearing.
Meanwhile, here are three YouTubes that show continuing mixed impressions about Palin's prospects.
Jesse Ventura calls Palin a "quitter":
A FAUX News panel discusses a the poll showing Romney clearing leading Palin as a 2012 contender:
And Greta puts as much Palin spin on the poll as she can: