• The Judicial Weighted Caseload Study.
• The use of judicial districts for certain purposes.
• The use of electronics in the judiciary.
• The removal of juveniles from county jails and into separate juvenile facilities.
• The development and implementation of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program statewide.
In 1998 and 1999, Embrey was part of a five-person team that attended the Leadership Training for Judicial Educators at the University of Memphis for a week each year. There were 48 attendees from around the country.
After his judge days, Embrey served as Peru city attorney and worked in private practice before running for prosecutor.
“Mayor [Jim] Walker suggested it,” Embrey said. “It sounded like an interesting way to end my career.”
Embrey inherited two cases he described as being difficult. One was a reckless homicide involving the accidental shooting of a young man by a friend.
“The maximum penalty is eight years, and the family of the decedent were incredulous that the life of their son was worth so little in the eyes of the law,” Embrey said.
The other difficult case was a charge of child neglect resulting from an infant being hit in the head with a pipe while his parents were arguing. “They had shot up meth the night before,” Embrey said.
Embrey’s office won convictions in both cases.
In a murder case filed while in office, Embrey got a “guilty but mentally ill” verdict in November. The case received widespread publicity. A young man was tried for attacking and killing a Scout leader with a knife on the trail in Bunker Hill. He was sentenced in December to 45 years.
Asked what his greatest challenges are as a prosecutor, Embrey responded:
“The volume of business is a stressor at times. There are months where things are smooth and not too terribly busy, then the sky falls. At the end of the year we were swamped with trials and drug cases, mostly methamphetamine cases.” (Last month his office won guilty verdicts on all counts in a three-day Class B felony meth jury trial.)