Happy New Year!
Note: 19-Jan-08 Update on trial here.
I'm certain yours is going better than that of Chicago attorney Jay "I’m not going to make it easy on this kid." Grodner.
As mentioned yesterday, Mr. Grodner is accused of keying a Marine's car and causing $2,400 in damage. He then added insult to his vandalism by applying his sophisticated lawyerly expertise. This may have backfired. That story is recounted by Blackfive, where there is an update. It seems Mr. Grodner may be on his way to regretting his arrogance as a defendant. Maybe he should have taken probation when it was offered.
Attn: Black FiveRTR at the link.
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 story.
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. ...
Free Republic has another brief account of the court proceedings:
Marine Sgt. McNulty Has his Day in Court (Case Against Lawyer For Vandalizing Marine's Car)
Meanwhile, Mr. Grodner is probably not reveling in his new status as a Google celebrity, nor enjoying his new Wikipedia entry. He has been honored by Michelle Malkin as a Jerk of the Year nominee.
Many other details of Grodner's life have been unearthed based on public records. Probably, he would have been happier if his dating preferences (not linked for reasons of good taste) hadn't been discovered by the simple expedient of Googling his email address. I am sure he would have preferred the involuntary dissolution of 2 businesses, and his censure for forgery remained off the radar. (Note: that last link is down, it was working yesterday as quoted here. Hmmm.)
Pride goeth before a fall.
Update: 1-Jan-08, 7:20PM
Thanks to a commenter yesterday, we have this bit of info, possibly regarding a client of Mr. Grodner's:
The Cook County Register of Deeds has BARRINGTON AUTO SALES INC. as the Grantor and JAY R GRODNER & ASSOC as a Grantee in 2006. Document type is "REGISTERED AGENT." I'm not sure what relationship this represents. Did someone buy a car, or is someone legal advisor to a used car dealer? In itself this is not a burning question, but we were wondering yesterday if Mr. Grodner's clients were aware of his puerile behavior, and whether the clients' patrons had been notified. At the time we had some concern these consumers might not hear of Mr. Grodner's conduct. His burgeoning notoriety makes that a lesser concern today.
More Cook County public information related to Mr. Grodner is here.