Judge Jacob M. Braude, 74, a veteran of both the Chicago Municipal Court and Circuit Court and a ready wit both on and off the bench, died yesterday in Weiss Memorial Hospital. He had been hospitalized for a heart ailment.
Judge Braude, in addition to his duties on the bench, found time to write 18 books on after-dinner speaking and humorous quotations.
A few samples of Judge Braude's quotations include:
"If you want to kill him, why not try working it to death?"
"A lot of molehills become mountains when someone adds a little dirt."
"The average woman's vocabulary is said to be about 500 words. That's a small inventory, but think of the turnover."
A Colorful Figure
Always a colorful figure on the bench, the judge once ordered a bailiff to box the ears of a prosecuting attorney who he believed had gotten out of line in his court.
Never one to disdain progress, Judge Braude always was ready with a new experiment to speed the pace of justice. He once used three juries in a personal injury case. The verdicts of all three were the same as his judgement; not guilty.
The only the verdict of one jury was used, the idea of the experiment was to show that time could be saved by having trials without juries or, if juries were insisted upon, by injuries chosen with less deliberation. He believed that verdicts would be much the same.
Tried to Trim Backlog
Judge Braude detested the huge backlog of cases jamming Cook County Courts and in 1960 urged that a survey be conducted to determine how many cases actually would require the time of judges and juries, how many could be settled without trial and how many had been settled but never removed from the dockets.
Judge Braude, a native of Chicago, was long active in Jewish affairs. He was also a nationally known lecturer on criminology and juvenile delinquency.
He was reelected to the Circuit Court in the Nov. 3 election. He had served on the court since 1956. From 1934 to 1956, he served in Municipal Court. Before taking the bench in the Municipal Court, he served as associate director of finance for Illinois and on the Illinois Highway Safety Committee under Gov. Henry Horner.
Survived by Widow Adele Covy.
In 1934 he became chairman of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and in 1938 became the presiding judge of Chicago Boys Courts.