Judge Joe Brown now knows exactly how it feels to be held in contempt! A Memphis juvenile court judge had the TV star jailed after he had a shocking outburst in the middle of a hearing on March 24. Now check out Judge Joe’s mugshot right here!
Judge Joe Brown was arrested and sentenced to five days in jail for contempt of court on March 24, after he lost his temper and “incited a near riot” while representing a client in a child custody case in Memphis, Tenn.
Judge Joe Brown Arrest — His Shocking Mugshot After Courtroom Outburst
Apparently the 66-year-old judge is not a very patient man. Judge Joe showed up to a Memphis, Tenn. court to represent a client in a child-support case on March 24, but was asked to leave after the judge on the bench, Magistrate Harold Horne, said the case was not on the afternoon docket. That’s when things got way out of hand and Judge Joe reportedly lost it!
Judge Joe “incited a near riot” and became verbally abusive toward the judge in open court after being asked several times to pipe down, TMZ reports. Judge Joe told Magistrate Horne that “this sorry operation needs to stop,” and insisted that the judge didn’t have the authority to send him to jail. He also said that Magistrate Horne only had $10. “I looked it up,” Judge Joe exclaimed.
Judge Joe refused to calm down, so Magistrate Horne finally sentenced him to one day in jail for contempt of court. After that, Judge Joe became increasingly angrier and was screaming so loud that he had to be dragged away. That’s when Magistrate Horne upped Joe’s sentence to five days behind bars. Judge Joe was taken into custody in the courtroom after his outburst, and later released on his own recognizance.
It remains to be seen whether he’ll have to serve the five-day prison sentence.
Judge Joe Brown Running For Shelby County D.A. — Will Arrest Hurt Him?
Judge Joe is currently running for D.A. of Shelby County, where he used to be a judge, and this arrest can’t be good for his campaign. That said, Judge Joe has a good name behind him and he is still a strong candidate for D.A.
The city knows that he is passionate, knowledgeable about the law, and he is not afraid to talk about the tough issues. He has been around Memphis a long time, and he knows the problems the city faces.
Judge Joe Brown Goes On A Drunken Rant In 2013 Video
This is not Judge Joe’s first public outburst. In 2013, a clip surfaced online that showed an apparently intoxicated Judge Joe going on a rant in which he slammed his former job on the court reality show Judge Joe Brown. In the clip, which was filmed somewhere in California, the Emmy Award-winning judge drunkenly told fans, “I do not do that bullsh*t anymore!”
Judge Joe became a household name in 1998 when his reality court show Judge Joe Brown first aired. After 15 years on the air, the show was canceled in March, 2013.
So HollywoodLifers, do YOU think Judge Joe deserves to go to jail for his outburst? Let us know!
— Eric Ray