Hear what Judge Joe Brown said that got him arrested

TV’s Judge Joe Brown was jailed on a contempt of court charge issued by a Tennessee juvenile judge Monday, according to a court spokesman.

Brown, 66, was sentenced to five days in jail after he became “pretty raucous” and “challenged the authority” of Magistrate Harold Horne. He was later released on his own recognizance.

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, sheriff’s spokesman Chip Washington said.

Brown presided over a syndicated reality TV show based on court case arbitration for 15 years until it was canceled last year.

He announced his candidacy for the Shelby County district attorney post last month.

13 comments

    • henry

      judge joe judge joe whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do when they arrest you judge joe judge joe ( bad boy bad boy)

    • chucky1992

      He failed to act with respect due to the court. Even if you disagree with a judge, you don’t need to risk challenging his or her athority in the courtroom. We have a system of checks and balances. If he didn’t like what the magistrate had to say, he could have waited until another day to raise his concerns. Brown is used to the way people act on TV court and that way of acting will get you jail time in real life.

      • blake

        Yeah but he was just calling the judge out for being wrong and considering the fact that he was sentenced to five days and they’ve let him out he must have been right.

  • Dana Lawhon

    He has always been known as a stickler for the rules maybe he saw something wrong going on and didn’t like it. Seeing as how he was in juvenile court it wouldn’t surprise me. Juvenile courts are the most corrupt all over the U.S. because of the money that is involved in turning children over to the state.

  • dewey

    Most of the people wearing the black robe, or bestowed with the title of “magistrate”, have done or are presently doing far worse than those that they pass judgement on….and chucky, maybe magistrates don’t have the same power in Tennessee as they do here….remember judges are usually elected whereas a magistrate is apointed

  • Debbie

    Seems like he like so many others has let his celebrity status go to his head..I think he should of had to stay the entire 5 days in jail. EVERYONE should show respect in a court room and he obviously didn’t.

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