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Mr. Qualls, a Republican who said he voted for Ms. O’Donnell in the primary, called on Ms. O’Donnell to clarify that the campaign was at fault so the incident doesn’t hurt his reputation. He said he has been bombarded by nasty phone and e-mail messages, some including threats.

“I want something coming from her office saying something on this,” he said. “Don’t make me look like I forgot … I got like 200 e-mails from people cussing me out.”

Ms. O’Donnell’s campaign released a statement Monday afternoon calling it a “misunderstanding.”

“Mr. Qualls is being incredibly cooperative now that he finally understands the situation,” the statement said. “We are sincerely sorry for any misunderstanding that has transpired.”


Convicted hacker seeks probation

CHATTANOOGA | A former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin’s e-mail in 2008 is seeking probation, but federal prosecutors contend he should go to prison for trying to “derail a national election.”

Prosecutors in a court filing ahead of David Kernell’s Nov. 12 sentencing hearing in Knoxville recommend 18 months imprisonment “to reflect the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, promote respect for the law and provide just punishment.”

Defense attorney Wade Davies disagreed, filing a motion that says probation is justified, partly because of the 22-year-old former University of Tennessee student’s youth. Part of the motion for probation is filed under seal. Documents say only that it includes protected health information from treatment Kernell received as a juvenile.

A jury in April convicted Kernell on charges that include unauthorized access to a protected computer and destroying records to impede a federal investigation. The maximum possible penalty for destroying or concealing records to impede an investigation is 20 years, according to the government’s sentencing memorandum. Applying sentencing guidelines to Kernell, however, the memorandum says the penalty ranges from 15 months to 21 months.


First lady attends Vegas Reid rally

LAS VEGAS | First lady Michelle Obama has made a day-before-the-election stop in Las Vegas to boost Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bid for re-election.

The first lady joined Mr. Reid on Monday at a high school for a get-out-the-vote rally, framing the race as a battle over the American dream and its promises of unfettered opportunity and middle-class comfort.

Mr. Reid is in a tight race against Republican “tea party” favorite Sharron Angle. Statewide newspaper polls show the outcome is too close to call.

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