Judge Joe Brown Jailed For Contempt Of Court

By Rudy Williams | rwilliams@localmemphis.com

Published 03/24 2014 04:39PM

Updated 05/05 2014 11:38AM

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)--Judge Joe Brown, the former tough talking television judge, allowed some of his tough talk to put him where he fights to keep his clients from--jail.

Judge Brown says he showed up in court Monday to defend a client in a child support case. 

That's when he learned the case was not on the docket and he went off, challenging the magistrate.

Judge Brown says a mix-up in the paperwork kept his case from reaching court, but he says he was only doing his job when things got out of control.

"For God's sake, you challenge the jurisdiction, you challenge the qualifications, you challenge the venue, you challenge the service process," said Brown. "You challenge the summons that's what a defense lawyer's supposed to do."

Presiding Judge Curtis Person was not amused and ordered Brown to 5 days in jail. 

Judge Person released a statement that said in part: 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.

Brown was released from jail Monday night without bond. As he left the Shelby County Jail he said his actions were in line with his usual style.

"There have been a lot of judges in this county, Arkansas and Mississippi who have threatened to find me in contempt and I wasn't doing anything, but some light weight stuff."

A witness in the courtroom Monday said he thought Judge Brown did nothing wrong and Judge Person locked up an innocent man.

Meantime, Judge Brown was in good spirits as he drove away from 201 Poplar saying they treated him OK in the slammer.

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