-THE ICHICXN ICILY
BAfitSRIAT, NO'VEIME 2, 1946
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JUDGE JAMES R. BREAKEY, JR.
James R. Breakey, Jr., was appointed Circuit Judge by
Gov. Harry Kelly on May 29, 1945, to fill the vacancy caused
by the death of Judge George W. Sample. Judge Breakey had
gained a wide experience as a practicing attorney in the
courts of Michigan and in the Supreme Court of the United
States. His record as your Circuit Judge for the last 16
Judge Breakey shortly after taking office arranged with
the staffs of the Ypsilanti State Hospital and the Neuro-psy-
chiatric clinic of the University Hospital at Ann Arbor to
make psychiatric examinations of all juvenile delinquents com-
ing, before the Circuit Court. These examinations, which are
made without added cost to the taxpayers, afford the court
the best scientific opinion in the study and disposition of these
increasingly numerous cases. Today every juvenile delinquent
granted probation must have a minister or priest as spirit-
ual sponsor and a businessman as =adviser in employment.
Divorce actions make up 52% of the cases before the
Circuit Court. Judge Breakey is married - happily married
for 17 years. He presides over divorce cases with a sympathetic
understanding of the distressing issues at stake. His de-
cisions are rendered with a complete knowledge of the law
and judicial procedure, to which is added full human experi-
ence. He initiated in this Circuit Court the pre-trial confer-
ences in divorce cases. This has saved the court time and the
taxpayers money. Only nine fully contested divorce cases
have been tried since June, 1945, although 688 divorce de-
crees have been entered.
Judge Breakey's continuance of the grand jury investi-
gation crushed a $1,000,000-a-year gambling combine. One
person was found guilty, 15 pleaded guilty and fines and
costs totaling $15,800 have been assessed. This is more than
the amount appropriated by the Board of Supervisors for
grand jury work. The grand jury, therefore, has not cost the
county a penny of the taxpayer's money and has resulted in
a respect for and enforcement of the law.
A complete revision of local court rules has been adopted
as proposed by a special committee of the Washtenaw County
Bar Association, and approved unanimously by the Associa-
AS OUTSTATE JUDGE
Judge Breakey has been assigned by the Presiding Cir-
cuit Judge of Michigan to try cases in Courts in Detroit,
Flint, Midland, Pontiac, Bay City, Monroe, Jackson, St. Jo-
seph, L'Anse, Houghton and Eagle River.
In co-operation with the Board of Supervisors he has
established a Washtenaw County Bar Library now housed in
the Court House, open to all attorneys. This is especially.
helpful to young lawyers who have not yet acquired a private
The overcrowded Circuit Court docket caused by the
long illness of Judge Sample has been cleared so that before
the October, 1946, term began, six jury trials for this term
were disposed of.
Up to October 1 of this year not one appeal from his de-
cisions had been taken to the Michigan Supreme Court.
JAMES R. BREAKEY, JR.
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