November 4, 2008
A Serious Scrape
The Illinois ARDC recently filed a complaint charging the attorney with what I would describe as garden variety client-related misconduct (which is pretty serious if it is your garden that is not being tended properly) but it was a third allegation that caught my eye:
At all times alleged in this count United States Marine Corps Sergeant Michael McNulty owned a 2002 BMW with U.S. Marine Corps license plates and a U.S. Marine Corps bumper sticker.
On December 1, 2007, Respondent intentionally scraped a metal object along the passenger side of Sgt. McNulty’s 2002 BMW, scratching the paint off of the vehicle while it was parked in front of 7631 N. Eastlake Terrace, in Chicago, Illinois, and causing at least $2,500 of damage to the vehicle. Respondent said to Sgt. McNulty, "Just because you are in the military you don’t run the roost!"
On that same date, Respondent was arrested in connection with the incident described in paragraph two, above, and charged with criminal damage to property in violation of 720 ILCS 5.0/21-1-1-A. The Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court docketed the matter as The People of the State of Illinois vs. Jay Grodner, docket number 071318441.
On January 18, 2008 Respondent stipulated to a set of facts before the Honorable William P. O’Malley, following which Judge O’Malley found Respondent guilty of criminal damage to property, sentenced Respondent to one year of supervision, ordered him to pay $600 in restitution to Sgt. McNulty by February 25, 2008, and to complete 30 hours of community service.
I'd be interested in, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story. (Mike Frisch)
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Well, the story was covered pretty heavily at the milblogs. Here's a followup with links to the backstory ( http://www.blackfive.net/main/2008/11/follow-up-anti.html ). It was all over the 'Net for a while, particularly after Google showed the lawyer had put pictures of himself without clothing on the Web, and after a reporter caught wind of the keying story.
Posted by: Chap | Nov 16, 2008 11:48:33 PM