It's been widely reported that Palin often used her private email account to conduct state business. This is troubling because, unlike her state account, which is archived for public record, her private account is completely off the record. It's also troubling because sensitive information was being passed through an unencrypted Yahoo! account. Plain stupid, really.
Because of Kernell's "hacking" — it looks like he used some good guesswork to obtain passwords — some of these emails saw the light of day. And now, because of his trial, some are saying Palin is perjuring herself on the witness stand in East Tennessee.
This should come as no surprise to any gawkers of this trainwreck-in-progress. Palin has always shared a strained relationship with the truth. It just seems particularly foolish to stray from it while under oath. Perjury is a felony, after all, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. No one in a position of power will call her out on this, of course, but Pith thinks it's worth noting.
Let's take a look back at a few of the most spectacular Palin prevarications, shall we?
Remember that Bridge to Nowhere? As she campaigned with Republican presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain, she claimed time and again that she'd said "No Thanks" to such a wasteful pork-barrel project. Actually, as she campaigned for governor, she came out in support of the bridge.
Remember when Palin insisted she exerted no influence over the firing of a public safety commissioner (who also happened to fire her ex-brother-in-law/state trooper)? Well, a report released by the Alaska Legislative Counsel found she'd abused her power by pursuing a grudge. Note: She went on to lie about the report, claiming it found no ethical violation.
Palin complained that millions of dollars were being spent on "frivolous" ethics complaints and records requests regarding her office. As it turns out, it was more like a quarter of a million. And the most expensive investigation revolved around the firing of the public safety commissioner. When they found her actions unethical, Palin initiated an ethics complaint against herself, to be investigated by a panel who report to her. Naturally, they found no wrong doing.