Photo of "Judge Joe Brown" (Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Memphis, TN -
TV personality "Judge Joe Brown" has been released from jail in Tennessee after being held in contempt in Shelby County Juvenile Court.
Brown was sentenced to 5 days in jail Monday after yelling at Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold "Hal" Horne during a child support hearing, according to the Commercial Appeal. "He all but had that courtroom in a riot,'' Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael told the newspaper.
Michael said that Brown, who is running for Shelby County District Attorney, arrived at the courthouse and began shaking hands and asking people for votes. He then sat in a courtroom for 20 minutes before approaching the bench and complaining about delays. "He then began a diatribe against Mr. Horne and the authority of the court," Michael told the paper, adding that the judge asked him to "desist."
It wasn't immediately clear what business, if any, Brown had in the courtroom.
Horne had Brown arrested. He continued to protest, so Horne added four additional counts, making Brown's sentence five days in jail.
Brown is a former Shelby County Criminal Court judge. His reality TV show aired from 1998 to 2013.