McCarthy: Nothing to provide on subpoena in Jacksons’ divorce

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Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speaks to the City Club of Chicago in September 2016. | Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times

Meeting with the Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he had nothing to provide to attorneys in response to a subpoena he was issued in the divorce proceedings of Sandi Jackson and Jesse Jackson Jr.

McCarthy told the board he met Sandi Jackson a few times and their relationship was typical of that between a police superintendent and alderman.

He also told the newspaper that he was not sure of why he was subpoenaed in the first place.

“When you guys find out, please let me know because I’m trying to find out, too,” he told the Tribune. “I can tell you I have no fear of this.”

Attempts to reach McCarthy were unsuccessful.

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s attorney released a statement on Thursday about McCarthy’s comments, saying he has yet to receive a response from McCarthy or his attorneys about the subpoena.

“Mr. McCarthy’s professed ‘fears’ or lack thereof relative to this matter are not susceptible to further comment. ‘Fears’ are not facts. His true and correct testimony under oath is important, however, and we trust that we will receive it in due course. Whatever it may be,” said attorney Brendan Hammer, of the law firm Berger Schatz.

Hammer said in his statement that he hopes McCarthy will cooperate with the case. And he said he’d rely on the city of Chicago, and other entities’ help, should McCarthy choose not to participate.

“Ultimately we look forward to Mr. McCarthy’s full compliance with the subpoena for his deposition and records related thereto. And, if we cannot rely upon the former superintendent’s ability or willingness to produce or obtain the requested materials, we would appreciate — under appropriate legal mechanisms — the good faith cooperation of the city of Chicago, its police department, or any coordinate, superior or appropriate branch of government to facilitate our inquires for the period of time in question,” Hammer said.

Contributing: Tina Sfondeles

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