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Partial verdict reached in Palin hacking case

Jurors in the Sarah Palin e-mail hacking case will return for a fourth day of deliberations after they reached unanimous decisions on three charges against a Tennessee college student but deadlocked on a fourth.
Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin speaks to media outside the federal courthouse in Knoxville, Tenn., during a recess on Friday.Wade Payne / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Federal jurors deliberating the Sarah Palin e-mail hacking case told the judge Thursday they are deadlocked on one charge after reaching unanimous decisions on three others.

They adjourned in the afternoon and will return Friday.

The jurors declined to announce their verdicts on charges of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a computer and obstruction of justice. The deadlocked charge is identity theft.

Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell is charged with breaking into the e-mail while Palin was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008.

The 22-year-old faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges.