It's official: One-time vice presidential candidate and conservative star Sarah Palin is coming to Knoxville.
But Palin won't be headlining a Tea Party. She'll be taking the witness stand.
Palin, former Alaska governor and running mate to Republican Sen. John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House, will testify in U.S. District Court in Knoxville next month when University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell stands trial on charges involving Palin's personal Yahoo! e-mail account.
Kernell's defense attorney, Wade Davies, wants Palin to bring any documents relating to that account - when it was opened, how it could be accessed and why and who was allowed to use it.
"I don't want to get in the position where at the last minute there are questions about whether (subpoenas) were properly delivered," Davies told U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley on Wednesday when seeking the legal OK to electronically serve witnesses, including Palin.
Federal prosecutors have insisted Davies' records request of Palin is a veiled fishing expedition. Shirley will hear more about the subpoena debate at a March 24 hearing.
Regardless of what, if any, records Palin is ordered to bring, her presence is guaranteed. She is, prosecutors note, the alleged victim.
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