Oracle is 'stunned' by Calif. subpoena request

Oracle is 'stunned' by Calif. subpoena request

Oracle Corp. officials said they were shocked by a subpoena threat from the California Legislature in connection with a June hearing on a controversial $95 million software license the company negotiated with the state [www.gcn.com/21_11/news/18682-1.html].

A senior Oracle officer has protested a plan by assemblyman Dean Florez, chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, to subpoena five Oracle employees if they fail to voluntarily testify at a June 4 hearing before the committee.

Florez issued the ultimatum in a letter delivered after close of business May 16, a Thursday, and set the following Monday as the deadline for a response from Oracle, giving Oracle one business day to respond, said Kenneth Glueck, the company's vice president of government affairs.

Glueck told Florez that Oracle was "stunned by the threat of subpoenas to a company that has voluntarily complied with every request you have made."

Oracle officials said they had wanted to send senior executive Kevin Fitzgerald to the hearing, instead of the five sales representatives the committee requested. But Oracle officials yesterday relented and agreed to let the five employees testify.

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