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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former judge Joe Brown has lost his appeal over a contempt charge from March 2014.

Brown 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.

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.”

In his appeal, Brown claimed the audio from court was manipulated.

Brown’s television show was cancelled in 2013, then he ran for and lost the job of Shelby County District Attorney.

Read the Appeals Court decision.