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Real judge throws TV Judge Joe Brown in Memphis jail

CNN
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:52am

TV’S Judge Joe Brown is out of jail this morning.

A judge in Memphis, Tennessee held him in Contempt of Court Monday after a courtroom argument.

Brown was representing a client in a child-support case.

Now, we are hearing the exchange between brown and the judge who put him behind bars.

"Now if you want to get into this, let's get into this! This sorry operation needs to stop! 24 hours Shelby County Jail for contempt. Excuse me!"

When his request to have a child support case dismissed was turned down by Magistrate Harold Horne, Brown became livid.

"On what authority do you sit by the way? As a former judge here, we have a rule in the 30th judicial district that says every single magistrate; referee has to be unanimously approved by every circuit, chancery, and criminal court judge. I don't recall that your name's ever been submitted sir," said former TV Judge Brown.

Horne first gave brown 24 hours in jail for contempt, as brown's outbursts continued the number quickly climbed.

"This is a circus sir. That's three days. You can do all you want! Four days. You don't have the jurisdiction... Five days," said Magistrate Horne.

Brown was released on his own recognizance and feels the arrest was dirty politics.

"I'm a little hot under the collar. In 40 years, I've never seen such a circus as they've got down there," Brown told reporters.

Others wonder with an election coming up and brown's *own* attorney being with him at juvenile court, whether it was a publicity ploy.

In a statement, Amy Weirich's campaign manager said, "That sort of disrespectful circus stunt may get Hollywood ratings, but this is real life and real people, and Joe Brown knows better. He should be ashamed of himself."

"I didn't know I was going to have a client down there, and I didn't know that woman was going to be so egregiously wronged. I just went down there to look," Brown told reporters.

Brown announced his candidacy for the Shelby County District Attorney post last month.

His TV show was canceled last year.
 

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