INdiana Systemic Thinking

February 8, 2008

Delaware County Circuit Court Judge Under Investigation

From the Muncie Star Press:

Delaware Circuit Court 5 Judge Wayne Lennington acknowledged Thursday he is under criminal investigation for his connection to investment properties but denied any wrongdoing.

Lennington, 77 — a local attorney for four decades before his 1998 appointment to the bench — said he was guilty only of associating himself with an Ohio man he now describes as a scam artist.

“I didn’t do nothing except get screwed,” the judge said. Lennington said he believes he is under investigation by Indiana State Police and the Delaware County prosecutor’s office for his business ties to ESS Investments LLC, which is operated by Joseph Gray and chartered out of Westerville, Ohio.

ESS has owned at least five properties on the south side of Muncie and in the northeastside Whiteley neighborhood since 2004. Those five properties account for more than $32,000 in delinquent real estate taxes and city sewage bills, according to the Delaware County treasurer’s office.

Lennington said he never had ownership interest in ESS Investments, which despite its Ohio charter maintains a South Carolina address and a disconnected South Carolina phone number.

He admits, however, to lending Gray $20,000 shortly after ESS bought the local houses to finance their restoration.

“I thought we could fix them up and flip them and make some money,” Lennington said, adding most homes went unrestored and he never saw a return on his investment.

Being a gullible investor and knowing a slumlord, however, are not illegal. Instead, evidence suggests investigators are interested in Lennington because of his longtime role as administrator of Delaware County’s tax court.

Staci Schneider, a spokesman for Attorney General Steve Carter, would not confirm Thursday night whether their office was conducting an investigation into Lennington, nor would ISP Sgt. Rod Russell, the public information officer for the Redkey post.

Lennington said he never acted improperly as tax sale judge nor did he use his authority for financial gain.



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  3. This man needs to step down and do TIME!! How can someone with LESS morals attempt to be appropriate to set in judgement of others. He is not my PEER, and I resent the fact that he is still on the bench.

    Put this man where he belongs–in jail!! His morals have always been out of context for his position!!!

    Comment by Joyce Becktell — March 19, 2008 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  4. So he strikes up a most unusual “friendship” with a man half is age, but the circumstances behind the forming of this friendship somehow escape him, even though it occurred just a few years ago. And then, he invests with this man here in some property located here in Delaware County. One of these properties is then used to push drugs to our children. But Lennington, the only partner residing in Delaware Co., knows nothing about this. It must be the doings of his “friend” who lives all the way over in Ohio.

    Comment by John Quelle — May 5, 2008 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  5. For clarity concerning my previous comment about the drugs, see and search for “wayne lennington.”

    I have spoken with attorneys here in Muncie. They have informed me that Indiana law (made by lawyers for lawyers) grants immunity from prosecution to corrupt judges and prosecutors. In fact, there are two kinds: Pettite Immunity for small crimes, such as lying under oath; and Grand Immunity for big crimes, such as investing in property that is used to push drugs to our children. Can you guess which kind of immunity the Dishonorable Wayne Lennington is using to keep from going to prison?

    Comment by John Quelle — May 5, 2008 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  6. Line seven of the article above starts out with:

    “I didn’t do nothing except get screwed,” the judge said.

    The Dishonorable Wayne Lennington doesn’t even know the most basic rules of grammar concerning double negatives.
    I’m not sure which is worse, his lack of morality or his lack of intelligence. Either way, he leaves a lasting legacy of total shame and disgrace.

    Comment by John Quelle — May 5, 2008 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  7. If he made bad choices then all his decsions in the court room should be looked at as well. I don’t think a criminal should be allowed to sentence people for crimes when he himself has done a crime. I have seen this man at work and he is bias, disrespectful to EVERYONE in his court room. He has no respect for the law and believes he is ahead of it. SO LONG WAYNE.

    Comment by Tammy — September 18, 2008 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  8. I believe this is the same judge that has given my ex husband several breaks in court amid the facts that he has made no efforts to bring his arreages current or find full-time employment since his termination from his $50, 000 a year job 4 years ago. This makes me wonder…do birds of a feather flock together?

    Nevertheless, have mercy on his soul…

    Comment by Single Mom — October 22, 2008 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

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