The feds sent Oakland a subpoena. Here’s what you need to know about it

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao talks with Oakland Fire Chief Damon Covington at the memorial service of Oakland firefighter Caeden Laffan aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda, Calif., on Tuesday, July 10, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Three weeks after a series of FBI raids threw Oakland into a political frenzy, city officials were expected Thursday morning to begin handing over numerous records to federal authorities as part of grand jury hearings.

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The records, produced by the city on the orders of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, reflect much of what is publicly known about the sprawling federal inquiry. So far, no one has been charged. Any indictments or charges would be up to the federal grand jury, a panel of ordinary citizens meeting in secret.

The morning courthouse appearance by representatives from City Attorney Barbara Parker’s office marked the latest checkpoint in a saga that has engulfed Oakland since the June 20 FBI raids on several addresses, including the home where Mayor Sheng Thao lives with her partner, Andre Jones.

Jones has emerged as a primary character in the mysterious drama, along with businessmen David Duong and his son, Andy Duong, who own a local recycling business. Another central figure is political operative, Mario Juarez, who reported multiple attacks on his life in the weeks leading up to last month’s raids, including a shooting outside his East Oakland home.

At an already challenging time for the city’s finances and public safety, federal investigators have turned the public’s attention toward a tangled web of relationships between powerful figures, political insiders and influential businesses.

How did Oakland get here? Below are some important details to keep in mind as the investigation moves forward:

What a federal investigation in Oakland could look like

Now that the existence of a grand jury in this case has become known, it’s worth noting that the key word in most jury proceedings, local or federal, is “secret.”

“You have very limited information around what’s going on,” said Oakland-based civil rights attorney Adante Pointer. “No one’s standing out front, no prosecutor is saying, ‘This is what we’re …read more

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