Monday, December 31, 2007


I received an email from a proud father of a US Marine and he had asked if I would post the story of a marine who is soon to be deployed. I hopped over to and found this post.
Anti-Military Lawyer Damages Marine's Car on Eve of Deployment

Turns out this incident occurred in our great city therefore Cook County States Attorney's seeing to it that justice be served.

Marine Sgt Mike McNulty is on activation orders to Iraq (second tour). On December 1st, 2007, Mike went to visit a friend in Chicago before deploying to say goodbye. In order to get to his friend's residence, and keep in mind that Chicago is a myriad of diagonal and one-way streets, the front entrance (right way) to the one-way street was blocked. Mike, being a Marine, overcame and adapted by driving around the block to the other end of the street and backing up all the way to his friend's place.

While saying goodbye, at about 11am, he noticed a man leaning up against his car. Mike left his friend's apartment and caught the man keying his car on multiple sides.

After caught in the process, the man told Mike, "you think you can do whatever you want with Department of Defense license plates and tags". (In Illinois you can purchase veteran, Marine, or medal plates. Mike has Illinois Marine Corps license plates.) During the exchange, he made additional anti-military comments.

Mike called the Chicago police and had the man arrested. A citation against the man was issued for misdemeanor criminal damage to private property.

The police report (and I have copies if needed) states:

Victim related to P/O that as he walked back to his vehicle, he observed the offender leaning up against his vehicle and rubbed/dragged his left arm and hand across the passenger side. As offender walked away from victim's vehicle, victim observed a scratch along the rear trunk and passenger's door area where offender dragged his arm and hand over. Victim and witness stopped offender and confronted him. Victim has military plates and decals on his vehicle and offender made anti war and military comments to victim. Upon P/O's arrival to scene, offender denied scratch victim's vehicle, but did admit to rubbing past it. Victim at this time did not sign complaint, because he is leaving tour for military duty. Offender said they accused him of scratching the car because he is Jewish. Offender's statements/responses to P/O's questions unreasonable.

As it turns out, the man is Chicago lawyer Jay R. Grodner, who owns a law firm in the city and has offices in the suburbs.

After sending the car to the body shop, it was determined there is $2400 in damage, making this a felony. Mike went to court Friday morning to collect the damages against Mr. Grodner and file felony charges. Though the damages are over $300 (the amount which determines felony or misdemeanor) Grodner offered Mike to pay his deductible, $100, and have Mike's insurance pay for it.

The Illinois States Attorneys tried to coerce Mike into accepting the offer. Appalled, Mike said he wanted this to be a felony. The state told Mike that it was not worth pursuing felony damage against Grodner because they don't have the time. In addition, the state prosecutors told him that he would never it 'would be difficult to recover the damages' from Grodner because he is a lawyer.

Instead, the State asked Mike if he would accept probation for Grodner. Mike accepted, probation was offered to Grodner, and Grodner declined the offer, saying within ear shot of Mike, "I'm not going to make it easy on this kid". Mike's next court date is tomorrow, Monday, December 31st, to pursue misdemeanor charges against Grodner.

Mike's leave is over on January 2nd when he reports to Camp Pendleton before heading to Iraq.

Jay Grodner knows this and is going to file for a continuance until Mike is gone and cannot appear in court.

By account of the Illinois State's Attorneys, Grodner is likely to get away with defacing Mike's car with no penalty because, 1) Mike is about to deploy to Iraq and will not be available to appear in court, and 2) Grodner is a lawyer and can get out of this very easily.

So, does anyone have any ideas about how to proceed? All peaceful and rational ideas are welcomed. We are contacting the media about this, too.

Please pass this story on to anyone you know that might be able to help. Contact me if you have any information or ideas.


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Would a felony upgrade be approved if the jag-off in question were an off duty copper? No doubt in my mind it would be.


Anonymous said...

Thanks much for posting this Sarge and getting the word out. This person is truly a despicable coward for not having the guts to peddle his opinions to the Marine's face.

Proud Dad of US Marine

Anonymous said...

No joke.
Call the J.A.G.
Part of their duties is to take care of a soldier's legal issues when they deploy.
They can represent him in court and then if the media gets involved...

pathickey said...

Well done Sarge! Hope this goof gets a good sound pinch on his womanly pects!

Anonymous said...

file a complaint with the A.R.D.C. (the attorney regulatory dispipline commision) which is very similar to getting a C.R. # on a copper. Stick it in this guys ass and break it off. What nerve. How about this getting some air time on the news.

Anonymous said...

Have the marine file a complaint with the attorney discipline committee with the state of illinois. This will have the commission for attorneys looking at this incident and may cost the attorney a suspension.

Anonymous said...

Typical shithead lawyer. The states attorneys are part of this evil cabal also. They just don't go after each other.

Anonymous said...

If only there were court Deputies that read this blog and can be a pain to this lawyer.

My god, there just might be. :)

Please keep in mind that this is an open blog
that can and is read by people other than Chicago Police Officers.