Former TV Judge Joe Brown arrested on contempt of court charges
UPDATE on May 13, 2014:
Judge Joe Brown, former TV judge and his own syndicated show “Judge Joe Brown” were cancelled after 15 years but he has now entered a political race, running for district attorney general for Shelby County, Tenn.
Brown, who is a Democrat, was a criminal court judge for 10 years in Memphis before stepping down to hit the Tinsel Town spotlight. Brown will be running against incumbent Amy Weirich, a Republican.
UPDATE on April 4, 2014:
The latest news on Judge Joe Brown’s contempt of court case is he spent 5 days in jail for the charges. There is now a judge assigned to the case which was not easy to do because other judges did not want to take the case. As we know, Judge Brown was a local judge and they were uneasy about taking on the case. Also, Brown is running for District Attorney in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Original post from March 27, 2014:
Former TV judge, Judge Joe Brown was jailed on a contempt of court charge issued by a Tennessee juvenile judge Monday, according to a court spokesman.
The 66 year old Judge Joe Brown was sentenced to five days in jail after he became “pretty raucous” and “challenged the authority” of Magistrate Harold Horne, another judge told CNN. He was later released on his own recognizance, CNN Memphis affiliate WMC-TV reported, citing the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Brown, a former Shelby County criminal judge, was in court to represent a client in a child-support case. He apparently became upset when he was told the case was not on the afternoon docket, Chief Magistrate Dan Michael said.
Horne, who “is a real laid-back guy,” gave Brown several chances to calm down before finding him in contempt, Michael said.
Horne held Brown was in contempt five times “before they were able to get him out of the courtroom,” Michael said.
The court staff and judges “were all kind of floored” by Brown’s behavior, Michael said.
Brown was booked into the Shelby County jail in Memphis Monday afternoon.
Read more at CNN.