Military Hating Lawyer Keys Marines Car


We need to get this story viral quickly.  From Blackfive:

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.

It doesn’t end there.  The damages turned out to be 2400 bucks which is a felony (no idea why he was cited for a misdemenor since I have never in all my years in a black & white seen a keying of a car come out to less then 300 bucks in damages) and the Marine demanded the guy be charged with a felony while in court.

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.

He deploys to Iraq and won’t be available for court which means that the case will not be able to proceed.

Here is the suspects info:

Jay R. Grodner
Law Offices of Jay R. Grodner
Principal Office-Deerfield
625 Deerfield Road –Suite 406
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 444-1500
Fax: (847) 444-0663

Downtown Chicago
30 N. LaSalle St. – Suite 1210
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 236-1142
Fax: (312) 236-6036


I have 30 years experience in handling paternity cases in Illinois in
Public & Private Practice starting as a prosecutor prior to the
admissibility of parental blood testing.

And he has an interesting past:

“In addition to being disciplined for being involved in a scheme to
forging documents, it has been reported to CLR that attorney Jay Robert
Grodner has since then engaged in a conflict of interest with his
clients, has abandoned his clients, has engaged in false billing, has
engaged in a fraud upon his clients, provided ineffective assistance of
counsel, and has engaged in a “fraud upon the court”.

I would think the guy could be reported to the Illinois State Bar for misconduct.  Not sure who can file the complaint but here is the link to do it.


This story is making the rounds and is picking up heat.  Blackfive has updated that he has received over 400 emails with tips and many Chicago police officers are giving him some tips also.  Awesome guys!

A commenter at Blackfive found this “lawyers” pics on a dating service.  Quite funny: (click the pic to enlarge)


Even more disgusting pic at Blackfive’s site.


A Freeper went to the court and observed the proceedings:

Sgt. McNulty was in civvies. He was there with family & friends and his attorney.

There also appeared to be a couple of supporters sitting in the gallery.

I sat in the last row. With my eyesight & hearing shot, the following is the best I can make out.

court is secured by the Cook County Sheriff’s office The judge ( I
didn’t hear his name or see his nameplate) convened the court early –
at 13:24. (Courtroom 29 – I believe it was Felony court)

Sgt. McNulty was called at 13:33. Jay R. Grodner was a no show. The judge issued a bench warrant for Mr. Grodner @ 13:36.

Sgt. McNulty filed the complaint and raised his hand and swore that it was true.

I thought that was the end of it, so I got up to leave and waited in the waiting area for the Sgt. to come out.

A Marine PFC, in dress blues, cut & razor sharp, walked in to lend his support.

Sgt. McNulty and his entourage came out, then was called back into the courtroom for about 10 minutes.

came back out to leave. I met them outside. I gave Sgt. McNulty
FRegards and a Semper Fi and told him we have his back and that
thousands have his back.

He thanked us for the support.

Grodner (or a representative) must have showed up, as, when I talked
with the Sgt.’s attorney, he said Grodner wanted a continuance to get
an attorney.

The case was continued and will go to fruition and Sgt. McNulty wont have to re-appear.


Blackfive has put up a email from a reader who attended the hearing also:

Attn:  BlackFive

I am writing to produce an update of the
results of Sgt McNulty’s case against Jay R Grodner.  I was present in
support of Mike and thought you may be interested in an update for this

Sgt McNulty was called forward by the State’s Attorney
in order to discuss the case.  I am not sure what transpired behind the
closed doors, however, I overheard the State’s Attorney expressing her
intent to prosecute this guy to the fullest extent.   It seems as if
BlackFive is the sole catalyst to this story getting out and I am sure
Sgt McNulty has probably heard the effect of yours and other blogs from
the results of today’s proceedings to include several Marines and
civilians who showed up in his support.

Jay R Grodner was
called before court and in his absence, the Judge issued a warrant for
his arrest effective immediately.   Sgt McNulty was departing the court
when Grodner rolled in to the courtroom more pathetic than anyone I had
ever seen.  The Judge had questioned him on his tardiness and he
explained that traffic had been busy and he ‘made a wrong turn’.   The
Judge chastised him for his tardiness, pathetic excuses, and that he
was lucky the warrant had not been executed prior to his arrival. 

seems the blogosphere has put the ball in Sgt McNulty’s court. 
Furthermore, it is also apparent that the State’s Attorney’s Office has
decided to take this matter on a much more serious level.   A new and
very aggressive State’s Attorney seems to have a genuine interest in
pursuing this case to the extent that it warrants.

Now that is what I’m talking about.  The work Blackfive and the rest of the blogosphere did deserves some congratulations in lighting the fire under the asses of the DA’s office.

So far I have found quite a few of us posting about the scumbag:

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Perfect for Bill O’Reilly !!

This “lawyer” needs a little Bill O’Reilly attention !!

Anyone have a picture of this dude that they can send to Bill ??

On second thought —

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity could take up this cause as well !!

Rush and Sean can get the job done ….where the Illinois State Bar has failed !!

Even “attorneys” can be brought to JUSTICE !!

Drudge Report worthy ??

A google search on his name makes for some interesting reading. And his own webpage doesn’t work. Go figure.

It is quite clear that this guy has some deep rooted mental problems and the bar ass-ociation should take him off the list of people owning a law degree. Then again half the bar ass-ociation is probably American haters who are only lawyers for the money they can rip off from the public. I think a lawyer is now ranked a few slots below a pedophile.


What a D-bag.

Thanks for the link, Curt. And it is great to see this get so much attention in such a short period of time. Even InstaPundit linked it.

Another interesting post I found in my trackbacks was this one at MorseHellHole: * Rogers Park Lawyer Goes Up Against Military Man (And Bloggers)

Interesting that this happened in a district that has an anti-military Alderman.

Blognotes: One of our Anti-war Alderman’s constituents damages a military man’s vehicle. This should really be interesting. Jay Grodner, living in a ward under the control of Joe Moore, a known anti-military politician, defaces a military mans vehicle. Is this what all military personal can expect when venturing into Joe Moore country? Has Joe Moore created a hate in Rogers Park towards military personal?

Also, I liked this guy’s response to someone who was trying to say this was BS and that Blackfive was a “propaganda” site:

While I do want to hear both sides, we do have a keyed car, a police report and an apparent dispute, sufficient for a hearing.

Alleged offending party is an attorney whose legal violations started about a month after he passed the bar (which is typical for IL, but I digress).

In response to the publicity, instead of posting a position on his site, or issuing any press release, he’s simply SHUT DOWN HIS SITE and DISCONNECTED ALL HIS NUMBERS. That’s costing him a lot of business.

And as someone who’s been in the “news” and in assorted locations to be part of stories about the military firsthand (meaning I was there, on duty, when a reporter or his paid lackey showed up), Black Five is far less a “propaganda organ” than say, the professional lying $#!+bags at CNN, ABC, SeeBS or AP.

It doesn’t affect me directly yet, so I’m waiting to see.

But I hardly think some Marine keyed his own car, identified an innocent civilian as a perp and started all this just for fun or sympathy.

There is also this about Alderman Joe Moore:

A lawyer in Chicago, Dishonest, no can’t be. Stall so that justice cannot function. No way!

Well, Moore has nothing to do with this, so I don’t understand why he’s mentioned.
A more interesting question: why the total silence from the Chicago media? It’s been in the blogosphere for 2 days and you know they are aware of it. Can you IMAGINE the hell the Tribune and Sun Times would be raising if a vet or GI had damaged a vehicle festooned with anti-war, anti-military stickers?

Thanks for all you help in this matter and helping this Marine out.

Made it on and his nation wide radio show The Boortz Show.

It’s on my blog as well.

Couldn’t this be considered a hate crime?

My thoughts also, Mike. But it seems that fighting and dying for your country (and the assholes that key your car) does not put these brave men and women in the category protected by hate crimes laws.

It’s going up shortly at my blog also–I’m at The DU d’Rat Review.

Typical lawyer. Hiding behind his knowledge of the system. I would take a lot of pleasure in seeing this scumbag get a little dose of humble pie. He’s lucky the Marine didn’t beat his ass on the spot (which I probably would have done), although I’m positive he would have sued for a hefty, jackpot settlement (back to the lawyer thing).

As the Mother of an Army Sergeant who is being deployed to Iraq in March I am saddened that my son will be fighting so this total cretin can commit felonies against military men. I would be willing to bet he never served in the military….at 5′ 6″ he wouldnt be much good, and he has a nerve calling anyone else small (I dont want to get crude but my guess he is “small” too if you know what I mean) What a pathetic individual, my guess is he is an unethical lawyer too. His mother should be ashamed she raised a son who is definitely not a “mensch”.

I was in the Marine Corps. You know what they say…”Once a Marine, ALWAYS a Marine!!” I’m incensed!!! It wouldn’t matter to me if this idiot did this to any member of the military…I would be fuming just as much!! And his stature doesn’t make him small…his character makes him small!!! He is a character…he has no character!! And the very freedom he has to operate his business as a lawyer is given to him by the people who have served, are serving, and who have died for this country!!! If he was in Israel, he would sing a different tune…every man who reaches 18 spends at least 2 years in the Israeli Army, and I believe the women do too. He should feel blessed he has the freedom to refuse to serve! Unbelievable!!!

the bad thing is his life mirrors another well known scum bag Fred phelps well except he hasnt attended a siminary yet

There isn’t a lower life form on earth than POS lawyers. Google the following phrase “why crooked lawyers go free” and learn the facts about human bacteria, aka the legal profession………”a grievance system that moves in secret, then ends up discipling a minuscule percent of those whose conduct is questioned, can be neither effective or credible”. Classic fox guarding the chicken coop. LAWYERS ARE SCUM !!!!!!!