Federal subpoena demands city documents from Cannon's term

by: Jim Bradley Updated:

CHARLOTTE - The investigation into public corruption charges against former Charlotte Mayor Pat Cannon is now reaching employees across city government. 

A federal subpoena is demanding a massive list of city documents related to Cannon's time as mayor and mayor pro tem.

The subpoena asks city leaders to hand over any record connected to Cannon from January 2012 until his arrest on March 26, 2014.  A notice sent to every city employee says federal agents want to see emails, voice mails, letters and memos that may be stored on city computers.  It also asks for expense reports, agendas and materials for ethics training taken by Cannon.

"The two kinds of information they're looking for are records about what he did and also records about what he should have known not to do," said Charlotte defense attorney Tony Scheer.

Scheer said the massive request shows the federal investigation into both Cannon and any possible involvement among other city employees is still going on. 

Federal agents aren't the only ones looking at Cannon's activities.  The North Carolina State Board of Elections confirmed that it is conducting a review of Cannon's campaign filings. A spokesman said the state is looking for irregularities.

Cannon's personal business dealings are also under the microscope.  As part of the federal subpoena the city is being asked for any documents it has connected to E-Z Parking and the Peace Building, Inc.  Corporate records list Cannon as vice president of both businesses.

The information request will be a massive undertaking for the city.  Some city leaders said it could help the city clear its name.  City Councilman Ed Driggs says "the deal is, we dig deep.  We find out everything we have to find out.  We make it public and we restore confidence."