Judge Joe Brown: Hear What He Said That Got Him Arrested

(Memphis) Well-known TV court judge and former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown has been released on his own recognizance from the Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar.

This comes after a request for bail was denied earlier this evening.

We are told Brown showed up to Juvenile Court Monday and agreed to represent someone pro bono in a child support case.

Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne denied Brown's request for the case to be dismissed.

Brown then reportedly lost control and became verbally abusive saying in part, "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 warned Brown to calm down, but he did not.

Brown was given 24 hours in jail for contempt of court, but that increased to five days when he continued to yell as he was being removed from the courtroom saying, "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."

Brown's television show was cancelled last year and he is now running for Shelby County District Attorney against Amy Weirich.

After being released from jail, Brown told WREG he feels the arrest was dirty politics.

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

Many are wondering, with an election coming up and Brown's own attorney being with him at juvenile court, whether it was a publicity ploy.

Weirich's campaign manager released a statement following the arrest, saying, "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."

Brown held a 'Man Up' rally in Memphis Saturday to talk about keeping kids out of trouble.

Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person said in a statement, "Anyone who comes before the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County will be treated fairly, with dignity and with respect. Anyone who acts in a contemptuous manner toward this Court, toward any member of this Court, toward any employee of this Court or toward any visitor of this Court will be dealt with appropriately according to the laws of the State of Tennessee."

Some people were not happy with a post on the Joe Brown campaign Facebook page, comparing him to Martin Luther King, Jr.



  • wcrump44

    I believe Joe Brown knew the risk he was taking. How could he not when he himself is a licensed attorney at law and a judge? That being said, his actions should not detract from the fact that he may have been raising a very legitimate point of order. You see,
    Joe Brown is an outsider to the J.C. system. He may have challenged an improper status quo that’s been in place for YEARS. If there’s one thing that the “good ol’ boys don’t like, it’s for an outsider to tell them the proper rules of the game. If that man is acting as a magistrate illegally, it needed to be pointed out with the proper citation of law, which Mr. Brown provided. IF he was not approved as the rules for the 30th District reqire, he doesn’t have any right to be on the bench and Joe put that out there fore everyone to hear.

    I am not from Memphis, but I sure hope Joe Brown gets elected D.A. and cleans house with the Memphis J.C. From the bits and pieces I’ve heard on the news about them in months and years past, a good house-cleaning is well in order!!

  • Davis

    Really, Judge Brown was wrong for the way he conducted himself, his actions did not display him as strong role model for his temperment outburst. But, he needs his props for putting it out their. Everyone knows that Juvenile Court or the Judicial System is not right by no means all the time. The City does need a new out spoken person to make some type of change. Judge Brown can not do any worst than what we have. Just keep it real. Everyone needs to take a step back and look around the city and think…May Brown can bring us a step forward…

  • Kevin

    These white people here in the south are some of the worst people that you would ever want to meet. The most are cowards that are scared of their own shadow, but when they get online they pretend to be educated and brave people …. No wonder why the south lost the war ….

    • For Real

      You’re one to talk considering you are, without a doubt, the most racist poster on these boards. You and your “Mom” would do us all a favor by shutting your racist mouths.

  • Mom

    I enjoy seeing the right thing; always will. And I don’t have to try to insult people doing that. Sweet dreams in your misery. It won’t change a thing. Seems many would have learned that…..by now.

  • Joe Gottplooked

    Yeah but,..just how loud did he scream while he was getting reamed in jail?

    Judge Joe may be Judge Joann now.

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  • Asashii

    you fucking people will be eating each other before to long, good god, move to the jobs are or die trying, and if not then you pieces of fucking shit just need to die already, Waste of fucking space MONKEYS!!!!

  • jerry

    Idiot! Judge Joe Brown…what a joke….”iz filing a habeous corpusal on yall…what athoriti”…what are you Cartman off South Park. Here’s an idea you pompas dork. Act like you are civialized (even if your not). Oh, and his ” support group” outside the jail…there isn’t any hair for a weave left within 100 miles of that shithole he lives in. Thank God for affirmative action! It gives us great legal minds like Judge Joe Brown!

  • Reality Voice

    These comments prove there are some very uneducated people in society who understand neither the legal system or proper English. There should be a law requiring passing a basic test before voting rights are approved.

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