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A few weeks ago, there was considerable buzz around the blogosphere about a Chicago lawyer who didn't care for the military. He saw a car with Marine Corps license plates (not official ones, but "vanity" plates the owner, one Sergeant Mike McNulty, had paid for, and the proceeds go towards the Navy And Marine Corps Scholarship fund, which benefits children of fallen sailors and Marines) and decided to strike a blow for freedom and justice and peace by "keying" the car. The owner spotted him and, remarkably enough, did NOT beat the living shit out of him (and beating the shit out of a lawyer like this one is a very difficult task; there is so much shit, it could take hours to beat it all out). Instead, he had the man arrested for vandalism.

The lawyer thought he had a good defensive strategy: offer to pay for the damages, or at least a part of them, and stall the proceedings until the Marine in question was re-deployed on active duty and could not stick around for the trial.

Nice plan, didn't work.

Noted attorney and asshole Jay R. Grodner (Google bait) had his day in court this past week. In the courtroom, he found a lot -- a LOT -- of current and former military there.

But far more troublesome for asshole Jay Grodner than the two dozen military behind him was one Marine in front of him.

Judge William O'Malley wasn't born on the bench. In the 1960's, he was known as Lance Corporal William O'Malley, and is known to still wear a Marine Corps pin on his lapel.

asshole Jay R. Grodner (who almost makes me want to ditch my adopted pseudonym in shame) was late to court. He sent a message that he was trying to avoid the press.

That didn't please Judge (nee Lance Corporal) O'Malley, who jacked up his bond and ordered a bench warrant for asshole Jay R. Grodner's arrest. And when asshole Jay R. Grodner did stroll into court, a bit over half an hour later, he was arrested and treated like any other prisoner, including taking away his belt.

About an hour after his initial court date, asshole Jay R. Grodner was brought before the judge for the formal acceptance of his plea bargain: a guilty plea and a donation of $600 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and a year's probation.

That was the official part. Then Judge O'Malley turned the proceedings over to Lance Corporal O'Malley (USMC-retired), who gave asshole Jay Grodner an extensive lecture on the history of the Marine Corps, with extensive attention paid to its motto -- "Semper Fidelis."

For those who might not know it, that's Latin for "Always Faithful." That was why Sgt. McNulty wasn't in court that day -- he was fulfilling his oath and on active duty in California, getting ready to leave for Iraq. That was why there were over two dozen military members were there -- making sure justice was done in his absence. That's why so many milblogs were all over this case -- they were upholding their obligation to Sgt. McNulty. And that's why Judge O'Malley deferred the post-sentencing lecture to Lance Corporal O'Malley.

When asshole Jay R. Grodner did his dipshit act of petty vandalism, he wasn't going after Sgt. McNulty. He was expressing his contempt and loathing for the Marine Corps, and the whole military in general. And the rest of the military decided it was not going to let Sgt. McNulty take the brunt of the attack aimed at all of them. As several Viet Nam veterans said as they offered their support to the good Sgt., "we will not let what happened to us, happen to you, Marine."

It looks like asshole Jay R. Grodner will keep his license to practice law. But if there is any justice, he will no longer get any clients that are in the military. Or were in the military. Or are related to someone who served. Or know someone who served. Or cares about and respects our military.

Or who has had their car keyed, for that matter.

Or just doesn't like assholes like asshole Jay R. Grodner.

That's if there is any justice. Considering that asshole Jay R. Grodner ended up in former Lance Corporal O'Malley's courtroom, I feel fairly safe in saying there is, indeed, justice.


As I said, a LOT of milblogs have been all over this story. Blackfive has probably been the best clearinghouse.


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Comments (24)

"And when asshole Jay R... (Below threshold)

"And when asshole Jay R. Grodner did stroll into court, a bit over half an hour later, he was arrested and treated like any other prisoner, including taking away his belt."

What a shame. Protocol should have been broken and the belt left with him.

You need better google bait... (Below threshold)

You need better google bait. You were only the tenth link for "Jay Grodner asshole". Up to sixth on "Jay R. Grodner Asshole" though.

I was just looking for othe... (Below threshold)

I was just looking for other articles about this when I saw the Grodner has a website for his law firm. It's down (or just temporarily off-line). Probably from flooding.

This pathetic excuse for a lawyer was disciplined in 1983 by the ARDC (Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission) only 3 months after being admitted to practice law, for forging voter registration signatures. Yes, that was a long time ago, but it makes one wonder, since his attitude since then doesn't seem to have changed, how many actions he has gotten away with until now.

The fact that a lawyer can ... (Below threshold)

The fact that a lawyer can undermine the democratic process by forging voter registration signatures and not be disbarred is pathetic.

Ah, thank you for the morni... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Ah, thank you for the morning grin you just slapped on my face with that post, Jay!

Thank you Jay,as you... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Thank you Jay,
as you know I am a vet myself and this brings out what I enjoy, The smell of irony in the morning.

This is an outrage..

Speaking of outrage, any thoughts on Bill O, and his comments regarding homeless vets last week?

The lawyer willfully and kn... (Below threshold)

The lawyer willfully and knowingly vandalized a piece of personal property not his own. His license should be suspended by the bar for some period of time. Shameful.

I actually give the lawyer ... (Below threshold)

I actually give the lawyer credit. He did what most democrats would love to do but don't have the guts.

nogo - "Speaking of ou... (Below threshold)

nogo - "Speaking of outrage, any thoughts on Bill O, and his comments regarding homeless vets last week?"

What comments were those?

I saw that edition of the show twice, he did nothing but defend vets. As opposed to the Silky Pony who has done nothing but use them for political gain.

Quote what you found offensive nitwit.

But is he paying to repair ... (Below threshold)

But is he paying to repair the damage to the car???? I haven't seen that part anywhere.

Him having plead guilty in ... (Below threshold)

Him having plead guilty in court, I think there is no way that the Marine's auto insurance company can fail to recover damages from Grodner's insurance company.

The Marine's insurance comp... (Below threshold)

The Marine's insurance company will recover from the Lawyer, not the Lawyer's insurance company. It was not an accident, it was willfull damage, and thus he was not unsured.

From the police report: "Of... (Below threshold)
mikem Author Profile Page:

From the police report: "Offender said they accused him of scratching the car because he is Jewish."

Gotta love that. It must be a reflex for this idiot. Just how was the Marine victim to know he was Jewish? Was he wearing his kippah?

Color me shocked that an anti-military asshole would also make false charges of anti-Semitism against his victim.

HmmmBill links... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Bill links
C'mon..you folks know about Bill(non vet) and his challenge to Edwards about his claim of 200,00 vets sleeping under bridges...

Start here with VA stats..

I can only speak with fellow vets I see at the Denver VA Hospital..
but when I hear crap about supporting the troops...from mouths that don't have a clue..I am like you, I go to my V.A. Hospital...I am f**king tired of cowards like Rush and Bill O talking about Vets. Those of you that go to the VA know the truth..
the rest of you...write your fiction about some pretend WWII ship..and how you understand..

I should say that <a href="... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

I should say that http://www.nchv.org/background.cfm
is obviously some left wing place..
Don't let this stop you who never were moved by patriotism or need to to join..or a long time ago to be drafted....

mikem last post you all win... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

mikem last post you all win..
I was 1969-72,,discharge honorable/medical..
and your service was.....?

good news..I am leaving here..
cause I see the fucking hypocritical bullshit..
please,,,ban me........
and hey Fay..I mean Jay..please continue writing your fiction...after all you know..
than those of us who served while the rest of you...well did not...
Those that are vets here, who have no choice other than the V.A. because of the 7 years of Bush gain, maybe I will see you..
The rest of you cowards...
and yes deny...

so play your
your life is
you move
what has worked so far..
..when was the last time you bought a new car?
But hey all your decisions
have brought you family
riches...and fame..
be sure to blame..
well..at least me..
If your life is good..

like anyone here believes y... (Below threshold)

like anyone here believes you have ever stepped inside a VA. Now I believe you've protested your vicious hatred for our military outside a VA.

Bwahshahaha!!!! This nogo c... (Below threshold)

Bwahshahaha!!!! This nogo clown is now impersonating a vet. It's amazing how many far left wing fanatical kooks attempt that lie

Apparently, my choice to ex... (Below threshold)

Apparently, my choice to explore fiction offends him. I guess he resents that others can distinguish between fantasy and reality.

He also seems horribly upset that I take time from my blogging to pursue a day job, one that actually pays me, instead of devoting all my time towards writing about whatever has his panties in a knot.

This is usually where I offer to write about whatever he wants me to, if he'll pay me to do so. But since he seems to have banned himself, I presume he won't see this -- or allow himself to respond if he does.

For the record, I have not banned him, nor do I intend to help him keep his resolve in leaving.

But I have to say I won't miss him -- even if his meds did finally kick in and he started to occasionally write in complete sentences.

I wish him well in whatever blog he chooses to frequent in the future -- if for no other reason that it decreases the chances he'll come back.


Gee, it just won't be the s... (Below threshold)

Gee, it just won't be the same without nogo to try and throw every thread off topic and then tantrum when no one takes the bait.

He wasn't very Jewish when ... (Below threshold)

He wasn't very Jewish when he was knowingly violating Torah.


I missed all the fun, an ol... (Below threshold)

I missed all the fun, an old fashioned
meltdown. Who woulda thunk it?

Nogo war is exploring ficti... (Below threshold)

Nogo war is exploring fiction too, Jay, the links he posts are nonsense. I dislike O'Reilly myself, but they are misrepresenting his comments which are not an attack on vets.

Good riddance to nogo war.

SPQR - "Good riddance t... (Below threshold)

SPQR - "Good riddance to nogo war."

If only that were true. I distinctly someone here banning him/her/IT and within a week him/her/IT is back as obnoxious as ever.

For him/her/IT stretch what OReilly covered into he desrespected the vets is so far out in left field to not even be in the ballpark.

In fact the one group nogo links had a representative on that show and agreed with everything that was said.

He and the guest never questioned Edwards figures, they questioned why they are homeless and "living under bridges" as Edwards describes them.

And as the nogo link proves the majority of them are not there because of the economy (Silky's 'two Americas') but because of drug addiction and mental illness.

nogo you ARE an ASS HOLE Good Riddance. Although I have no faith whatsoever you will remain in self imposed exile.






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