Judge Joe Brown, the former daytime television courtroom judge, was arrested after he allegedly became verbally abusive while representing a client. The incident occurred on March 24th, 2014 in a Tennessee court while Brown was a defending a woman in a child support case.
So, what caused Brown to become so irate that police had to take him into custody on charges of being in contempt? According to reports by courtroom attendees, Brown was upset that Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne pushed his case off Monday’s docket, at which Brown released a furious tirade of verbal anger and discontent towards the residing judge.
Judge Horne repeatedly asked Brown to remain calm, but the 66-year-old former judge allegedly continued with his verbal tirade before the court bailiff was forced to subdue him and take him into custody. Reports suggests that Brown was given as many as five warnings before Judge Horne charged hum for contempt of court.
Brown allegedly placed the courtroom on the brink of a riot by addressing the crowd rather than the judge. This caused others to stand up and voice their opinions as well, which ultimately created an unruly courtroom while forcing Judge Horne to take Brown into custody.
“He darn near caused a riot in the courtroom, he had people so inflamed,” said Judge Michael.
Brown was initially given two days in jail for his courtroom outburst, but Judge Horne bumped this up to three days when Brown failed to listen. There’s been no official word yet on whether Brown has sought legal council.
Judge Joe Brown became the first African-American prosecutor in Memphis, Tennessee. He later opened his own practice before becoming a judge for Shelby County, Tennessee. Brown is most known for his role in the daytime television courtroom show “Judge Joe Brown.” Like similar daytime courtroom shows, Judge Joe Brown focused on civil cases involving disputes between two parties.
Several years ago, Brown was sued by one of his show’s litigants for slander and fraud; however, he ultimately won the case due to the waivers litigants are forced to sign before appearing on the show.
The final episodes of the daytime courtroom show were filmed on March 14, 2013. Low ratings and salary negotiations between Brown and CBS are believed to have played a role in the show’s cancellation. Brown is currently running for Shelby County District Attorney.