Outside Judge Appointed To Joe Brown Case

(Memphis) A Friday hearing in the contempt of court charge against Joe Brown has been cancelled.

All the judges in Shelby County Criminal Court, where Brown was once a judge, have recused themselves.

Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court was asked to assign a judge to hear the case.

Senior Judge Paul Summers has been named to oversee the case.

Summers served as Attorney General for the State of Tennessee and was a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Brown was found in contempt March 24 when he showed up to Juvenile Court 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.

Horne said Brown 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 was released from jail after a few hours.

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


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