IFJudge 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.

Photo by John Trainor.

The 2014 college football season doesn’t begin for several more months, but that’s not stopping some University of Georgia (UGA) players from making a name for themselves. Matthews, Taylor and DeLoach and LeMay were arrested earlier this week on multiple charges of theft by deception.

According to UGA police, the four UGA football players were allegedly involved in a check cashing scheme which allowed them to cash stipend checks multiple times. Police say Matthews, Taylor and DeLoach and LeMay first cashed their stipend checks via a mobile app, depositing it directly into their bank accounts. Next, they took the checks to their local bank to cash them a second time.

UGA’s finance department noticed the checks were being cashed twice and immediately launched an investigation. It didn’t take long for authorities to uncover the double-dipping check-cashing plot, at which point they arrested the four players believed to have participated in the scheme, charging them with multiple counts of theft by deception.

The stipend checks are $71.50 each, with the total amount theft loss is believed to be $786.50. The good news for the four UGA players is that all charges are misdemeanors since the thefts were less than $500 each. The bad news is that they will likely miss out on some of the team’s upcoming spring training in addition to facing other consequences and penalties imposed by the university.

Jimmy Williamson, chief of police at the University of Georgia, said the following:

Mayes, DeLoach and Taylor would basically take that check and deposit it through a mobile banking ap. And then within a short period of time would go to a local convenience store and cash the checks. So they basically would cash the check twice. UGA’s finance departments discovered the situation, noticing the checks were posting twice. Williamson spoke to two associate athletics directors about the matter. Besides having to report the matter because it’s a fraud, UGA was concerned with running into an NCAA compliance issue because players were receiving extra benefits.”

Many people believe college sports athletes are able to get free passes for breaking the law, but this case just goes to show that stipend check fraud — whether it’s from a student, athlete or someone who’s not affiliated with the university — is not tolerated. The four players were taken into custody where they were interviewed by UGA police. There’s still no word yet on the consequences faced by the four UGA players.

If you’re going to commit a crime, don’t publish evidence of it on social media. This is a lesson 21-year-old Brooklyn native Jules Bahler learned the hard way.

Bahler, who calls himself Romeo King, was recently arrested on suspicion of armed robbery after posting a selfie while holding a submachine gun. As you can see in the photo below, Bahler is holding a long-barreled submachine gun in his right hand and a smartphone in his left. The photo quickly escaped from his normal group of Facebook friends and turned viral; thus, opening the doors to a law enforcement investigation.


Although Bahler’s Facebook account has since been deactivated following his arrest, he initially published the machine gun selfie along with the following caption: “Bought my first house And chopper today … lifes great.” But it wasn’t the caption that tipped off law enforcement, rather the brazen submachine gun Bahler’s holding in the Facebook selfie.

It didn’t take investigators long to identify Bahler, and the submachine gun depicted in his selfie, as the culprit responsible for robbing a Michigan bank. According to an affidavit by the FBI, Bahler entered the bank while brandishing the submachine gun, demanding the teller hand over cash. After receiving an estimated $7,000 from the teller, Bahler fled and went back to Brooklyn, New York. This incident occurred on the same day Bahler published the selfie to his Facebook account.

Federal investigators also believe Bahler is responsible for at least two other robberies, one involving a Credit Union branch in Pontiac and another involving a Bank of America. Surveillance cameras captured footage of Bahler on all three occasions, and authorities have matched his “selfie” face to the surveillance cameras. Between the three robberies, authorities believe Bahler got away with an estimated $15,000-$16,000.

Bahler was arrested while driving away from his home.  After authorities pulled him over, they searched his car and found the submachine gun that was allegedly used in the three robberies. Bahler admitted to the robberies when questioned by investigators.

U tripping brotha. I wouldn’t show that **** like that cops be watching,” said Bahler’s friend on his Facebook page. According to reports, Bahler was trying to save up enough money to move from to Pontiac, Michigan. Now, it looks like his new home will be behind bars for a while.

What do you think about the incriminating Facebook selfie?

file0001260769566ATMs tagged with skimming devices is a growing problem here in the U.S. Recently, 2 Romanian men were arrested for trying to seal peoples’ credit card and debit card information by using a skimming device on a Chase ATM in Brooklyn, New York.

The two suspects of the ATM skimming scam are 34-year-old Maurentiu Baies and 36-year-old Marcel Boariu. The two Romanian nationals were arrested earlier this week and charged with burglary, possession of a forgery device, and criminal possession of a skimmer device. If convicted, the duo could face a lengthy prison sentence for their involved in the ATM scam.

Brooklyn Police were alerted to the presence of the skimming device when employees at the Chase bank on Flatbush Avenue contacted them. According to reports, the bank noticed the skimming device on one of their ATMs, at which point they immediately contacted the local Brooklyn Police Department.

Once the police were notified, the department’s financial crimes task force begun an investigation to determine who was responsible for placing the skimming device on the ATM. The task force set up surveillance on the ATM and patiently waited for the thieves to retrieve their skimming device. On Tuesday, Baies and Boariu were observed removing the skimming device along with several cameras mounted on the ATM. Police immediately responded by taking the two suspects into custody.

This case begs the question: how do you protect yourself from skimming devices on ATM machines? Unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine whether or not a skimming device is on an ATM, and fiddling around with an ATM isn’t recommended for obvious reasons. You can, however, cover your PIN as you enter it. Crooks oftentimes set up cameras to capture ATM users’ PINs. By covering your numbers, you’ll prevent them from being able to use your card. Of course, high-tech thieves may still sell your credit card number (without the PIN) on the black market.

We’ve seen that these people are starting to leave these devices on for not that long a time. Short, quick hits,” said Detective Robert Cimino of the Police Department’s financial crimes task force. “To the untrained eye, they’re very difficult to spot, especially in low-lit areas. The best defense: Cover your code as you enter it, so it cannot be matched to the card number. They can’t use one without the other.”