How many times have you heard an angry, shrieking leftie (if you’ll pardon the redundancy) utter the platitude, “We support the troops, but not the war”? Though smiling through a phrase that must make their skin crawl, they can’t seem to hold the American flag without reaching for a match. And when they do see a soldier, they express their “support” by vandalism under cover of darkness.
While on a trip to Chicago last month, Marine Sgt Mike McNulty was on the receiving end of this type of anti-war “support.” On December 1, 2007, Mike was spending some well deserved time stateside before returning to Iraq for his second tour. After visiting with a friend in a Chicago neighborhood, he noticed a man next to his car. As McNulty and a witness approached the vehicle, it became apparent that this man was in the process of vandalizing the sergeant’s car, scratching up the paint with a key for one reason: a license plate identifying McNulty as a member of the United States Military.
I will posit that Mike has certainly seen some pretty frightening things in his life. Even a slow day in a war zone provides the fodder for difficult nights and evasive sleep. But is anyone ever really prepared to face the enemy’s friends at home? The enemy that hides behind the benign faces of the local book seller, lawyer or teacher who, once identifying you as a member of the armed forces, turns their darkest thoughts and actions toward you?
The frothing diatribes of the gals from Code Pink and their compatriots from MoveOn, ANSWER and the like are comedic fluff. But what happens when you encounter one scratching up your car? McNulty was apparently so nonplussed he forgot to flatten the perp’s nose.
Many of the Vietnam Veterans that I have spoken with over the years recall their interactions with the protestors of the anti-war movement and the Jane Fonda wannabes with far more disappointment, disgust and disillusionment than their interactions with enemy combatants. Unfortunately, Sergeant McNulty has been initiated into a the honorable fraternity of disrespected servicemen. The perpetrator? Chicago area attorney, Jay R. Grodner.
Grodner was apparently so offended by a military license plate, he unloaded his special kind of love. According to the police report filled that day, “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. Offender made anti war and military comments to the victim.”
A citation was issued against Grodner for misdemeanor criminal damage. After taking the vehicle to a body shop, the cost to repair this cowardly anti-military statement was in excess of $2300. A few extra hateful swipes turned a misdemeanor into a possible felony.
Grodner is a lawyer and obviously knows how to work the legal system to his advantage. He also knows that while he is projecting his anti-war/anti-military bile far and wide and bobbing and weaving court proceedings at will, Mike has a finite timeline. This warrior, in service to his nation, needs to return to a war zone. In fact, by the time you read this, I am told that Mike will already be on his way back to serve his nation.
Grodner is familiar with being in hot legal water. In 1984, a hearing panel found that he and several compadres engaged in voter registration shenanigans.
According to a transcript of those proceedings, Grodner, “Knowingly engaged in fraudulent activities contrary to justice, honesty and good morals and that the legal profession [99 ILL2D 246] was disparaged as a result . . . The Review Board concluded that the respondents’ forgeries on the petitions undermined our democratic system of government and that their fraudulent activity brought the legal profession into disrepute.
That board recommended . . . six-month suspensions for respondents.” Seems honesty and good morals are tricky concepts for this guy. And the Citizens for Legal Responsibility note: “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.”
This embracer of free speech, in the forms of property damage and verbal insults, reportedly offered McNulty a whopping $100 towards his deductible with the expectation that Mike’s insurance company would foot the rest of the bill. McNulty, being a Marine, wasn’t going to be bought off that easily. And, clearly used to dealing with punks and appeasers, also wasn’t willing to rollover for either the state, who counseled him to take the offer, or for the activist who assumed that the story would stay off the radar.
On December 31, 2007, Sgt. McNulty’s case against this anti-military jerk was heard. Thanks to the increasingly powerful blogosphere, Sgt. McNulty was not alone in the courtroom that day. He was joined by a group of fellow Americans, outraged at the incident and unwilling to watch it swept under the carpet. The State’s Attorneys Office is probably still sorting through the phone messages and e-mails sent on Sergeant McNulty’s behalf, thanks in large part to the blog “Blackfive” who broke a story that the MSM would have preferred stay uncovered.
Grodner, perhaps secure in the lack of accountability that folks like Cindy Sheehan and Mama Hilary have faced for their disgraceful actions over the years, did not even bother to arrive on time for the proceedings. He arrived just as the Sergeant was departing and just before a warrant was issued for him. Perhaps he would have been more timely if he had known that the judge was purported to be a former Marine.
The case has been continued — at Grodner’s request — to January 18, 2008, after Sgt McNulty’s return to Iraq. No doubt the Grodner is counting on the fact that McNulty won’t be able to testify against him and hopes the case will be dropped. I hope that those stateside, in the State’s Attorneys office and in the court system do everything within the law to do justice to this childish, cowardly anti-war “activist.”
Surprisingly, when I attempted to contact Grodner for comment, his phone lines — (847) 444-1500 and (312) 236-1142 were disconnected and multiple e-mails have been ignored. His website has apparently been disabled.
If you call Grodner, be polite. Don’t threaten or do anything other than express your complete contempt for him. It’s probably too much to hope that — even with Grodner’s history of unethical behavior — the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission will do anything to discipline him. Which would say a lot about how the Illinois Bar believes its members should act.