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Judge Joe Brown arrested, charged with contempt



The star of the TV show Judge Joe Brown got a taste of his own judicial medicine on Monday.

Joe Brown, 66, was charged with five counts of contempt of court in Memphis, Tenn., after nearly inciting a riot when he showed up for work at Shelby County Juvenile Court. TMZ has obtained audio, and it’s not going to help Brown’s cause — he’s running in the Democratic primary for Shelby County district attorney general.

Brown was sentenced to five days in jail after blowing a gasket during a child support case, the Associated Press reports.

“He darn near caused a riot in the courtroom, he had people so inflamed,” said Dan Michael, chief magistrate judge of the Shelby County Juvenile Court.

Brown, whose show was canceled last year, was representing a woman who had been brought in on a warrant. His little meltdown included yelling and repeatedly challenging the authority of Magistrate Judge Harold “Hal” Horne, who charged him with contempt. Brown also addressed the spectators in the courtroom, which isn’t exactly kosher.

WREG-TV reported that Brown had been released from jail.

[Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:51pm]


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