Honored judge dies in Houston
A contemporary says he handed out stiff sentences.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city's first black municipal court judge is dead at 89.
Lloyd Reynaldo Haynes Sr., born Dec. 31, 1916, had been living in Houston, Texas. He died this week.
Haynes was appointed by Gov. John Gilligan to the municipal court bench in 1972 to fill a vacancy. He won subsequent elections and retired in 1989.
As a judge, Haynes experimented with a pilot program to send drug offenders to rehabilitation centers instead of jail. His honors included a 1976 Judicial Service Award from the Ohio Municipal Judges Association for having a current docket -- a docket without a backlog. He also received an award for service from the Ohio Supreme Court in 1977. The Black Knights Police Association gave him a criminal justice award in 1980.
In 1981, Haynes was cited for superior judicial service by the Ohio Supreme Court. The following year, he became the first Mahoning County judge to be appointed to the nine-member board of trustees of the Ohio Judicial League.
He was chosen "officeholder of the year" in 1983 by the Truman-Johnson Women's Democratic Club. That year, his salary increased from $42,630 to $47,630.
From officer to judge
Vindicator files show that Haynes, a graduate of The Rayen School in 1936, was appointed as a cadet patrolman with the Youngstown Police Department in 1944.
He attended law school and passed the bar exam in 1951. He remained with YPD, working in the vice squad and then the detective division.
He stayed with YPD until early 1969, when he was named an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor.
"You could say I knew him 100 years. We were more than professional friends, we were friends before he became a judge," said Youngstown attorney Don L. Hanni, 80. "I don't think he was a legal giant, but the fact he spent so much time on the police department made him well-suited for the bench -- he had a lot of street savvy."
Hanni said he wasn't aware that Haynes had moved from his home on Fifth Avenue.
"He was not a racist, he would not bend over backward for his own kind, he lowered the boom on them," Hanni said. "When it came to sentencing, he was a stiff sentencer."
Hanni recalled that Haynes lost a daughter in a boating accident.
Vindicator files show that scuba divers were unable to find Loretta Hobbs and her friend, who both had been on a large boat that capsized off the Los Angeles coast in August 1976. Haynes' son, also a lawyer, died in 1992.
In 1979, Haynes and two partners made up the tri-county area's only black law firm, Breckenridge & amp; Haynes.
Haynes' brother Floyd, also a lawyer, died in 2004 at age 90.