Marine sergeant Mike McNulty is on orders to Iraq when an anti-military lawyer allegedly vandalizes his car. The Marine shows exceptional restraint and calls the police rather than taking matters into his own hands. It turns out the damage amounts to $2400. According to BlackFive:
• The lawyer, Jay R. Grodner, offered to pay Sgt. McNulty’s deductible ($100) and have Sgt. McNulty’s insurance cover the damages.
• The Illinois state’s attorneys tried to coerce Sgt. McNulty into accepting the offer.
• The state’s attorneys told Sgt. McNulty that it was not worth pursuing felony damage against Grodner because they don’t have the time.
• The state prosecutors told him it “would be difficult to recover the damages” from Grodner because he is a lawyer.
• Sgt. McNulty agreed with the state that probation for Grodner would be fair, which Grodner declined, saying, “I’m not going to make it easy on this kid.”
• Sgt. McNulty’s next court date is tomorrow, Monday, December 31, to pursue misdemeanor charges against Grodner. McNulty’s leave is over on January 2 when he reports to Camp Pendleton before heading to Iraq. Jay Grodner knows this and is going to file for a continuance until McNulty is gone and cannot appear in court.
Maybe someone over at Bench Memos can explain why this guy isn’t in trouble with the Illinois Bar?