Ordinarily, there would be no reason for SLABBED to pick up the north Mississippi story of Wendell Blount on the run. However, there is nothing ordinary about the connection Patsy Brumfield made between Blount and the so-called-hero of USA v Scruggs, Judge Henry Lackey.
Background on Blount’s current caper is not of particular interest. The “devil”, so to speak, is in the details of his past:
Blount’s legal past is easy to follow at the federal level. He was a party to 33 bankrupty cases, 14 civil lawsuits and five criminal actions…Through the years, Blount has been involved with numerous business ventures in Calhoun County, some successful and others not.
One such business – Medical Concepts Inc. – was established in 1989 with Henry L. Lackey, who in 1993 was appointed a circuit judge by Gov. Kirk Fordice. Lackey is set to retire at the end of the year.
Lackey could not be reached for comment. State documents show Lackey resigned as the business’ agent for process in July 1990 just before it merged with a Nevada company.Earlier records show Lackey in an attorney’s role filing incorporation papers for Blount with the Mississippi secretary of state’s office.
Earlier records from an Adversary Proceeding filed in one of Blount’s bankruptcy cases show Lackey’s role was more than just that of an attorney filing incorporation papers.
Industrial Design Associates (“IDA”) ‘ filed its adversary complaint against Wendell Glenn Blount ( “Blount” ), seeking a determination of dischargeability and a judgment against Blount for fraudulent misrepresentations, fraudulent breach of contract, fraudulent inducement of patent rights assignment, and malicious bad faith prosecution of civil suit and bankruptcy case…
By early May 1989, IDA was no longer providing any design services to Blount, and was seeking payment of the past due monthly invoices from November and December 1988, and January and February 1909 . Henry Lackey, the attorney representing Blount, told IDA that financing was necessary to pay the past due invoices , and that an assignment of IDA ‘s patent rights was necessary to obtain this financing…
IDA relied on the guaranty, and gave consideration by executing the patent rights assignment documents…
‘The June 30, 1989 deadline passed without the promised payment, and IDA continued negotiations with Lackey and Blount to collect the past due invoices .
Roger Blackwood , the owner of Formall-Blackwood, which produced the vacuum formed plastic components of the scooter, also revealed pertinent information. Blackwood had difficulty in collecting payment from Blount, and personally met with Blount and Judge Lackey in Mississippi from June 4, 1989 through June 11, 1989. He specifically recalled the following conversation with Lackey:He [Lackey] was still bragging about it, and I was kind of dumbfounded. He was telling me a story where they’d made a deal with IDA to get the patent rights without paying them. And we discussed that at length. And , quite frankly, I told him he must be the best salesman in the world and they must be the craziest people in the world because that’s the only hold they had.
Disposition of Adversary (91-2239) Dismissing [1-2] Complaint NOS 454 Recover Money/Property, Denying [1-1] Complaint NOS 426 Dischargeability 523. Order signed 2/3/93. The debt owed to IDA for $94,270.75 is a dischargeable debt in the bankruptcy case. The complaint filed by IDA seeking a determination that alleged damages are nondischargeable debts in not well taken and is hereby dismissed. Opinion entered contemporaneously with this order. (Entered on Docket by: Martin, Jan) (Entered: 02/03/1993)