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Appeal Denied in Judge Joe Brown’s Contempt Case
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The former TV star served 5 days in jail for lashing out at a judge in court.

Summary: Judge Joe Brown, who was arrested last year for contempt when he had an outburst in court, has lost his appeal of the contempt charge.

According to WREG.com, back in March of 2014, former television start Judge Joe Brown appeared in a juvenile court proceeding, agreeing to represent a client on a pro bono basis (at no cost to the client). Brown requested that the case, a child support case, be dismissed, but Magistrate Harold Horne denied the request.


Read about the arrest from last year here.

At this point, Brown became angry, apparently losing control and becoming verbally abusive. He said to Horne, “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!”

Horne told Brown to calm down, but Brown ignored the magistrate.

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A judge dismissed a case when the plaintiff had a heated outburst in court.

Brown was sentenced to a 24-hour jail sentence for contempt of court. His sentence went up to five days in jail when Brown refused to calm down, continuing to yell even as he was being escorted from the courtroom. He cried, “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.”

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Brown later appealed the contempt charge, arguing that the audio recording from court that day was manipulated. According to My Fox Memphis, the appeals court did not find that the audio was manipulating, ruling, “We find no reason to dismiss the contempt finding.

A Mississippi judge was indicted for racial abuse.

Brown’s television show, “Judge Joe Brown,” was cancelled in 2013. According to Wikipedia, the show first aired in 1998. He ran for Shelby County District Attorney in his home state of Tennessee, but he lost.

Source: WREG.com

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