Tennessee: Federal government spent more than $29,000 in Sarah Palin hacker trial travel expenses

photo Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and husband Todd, greet fair goers during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. The state of Tennessee paid nearly $2,500 for Sarah Palin's husband to come to the trial of a Tennessee college student who hacked into her email - even though Todd Palin never testified, court records show. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

BILL POOVEY, Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The government paid nearly $2,500 for Sarah Palin's husband to come to the trial of a Tennessee college student who hacked into her email - even though Todd Palin never testified, court records show.

In all, the government paid more than $29,000 to fly members of the Palin family and other witnesses to Knoxville, send a prosecutor to Alaska for research and pay other travel expenses, according to the Department of Justice records obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.