Judge Joe Brown Arrested and Jailed in Tennessee For Contempt of Court

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Judge Joe Brown was arrested and jailed in Memphis, Tenn., on Monday, March 24  CBS

Oh no, Judge Joe! Former TV court Judge Joe Brown was arrested and jailed in Memphis, Tenn., on Monday, March 24 on a contempt of court charge.

Brown, 66, was sentenced by Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold "Hal" Horne to five days in jail after a heated argument that took place in the courtroom, CNN reported Monday afternoon. Another judge, who witnessed the argument, said Brown "challenged the authority" and got "pretty raucous" during his appearance. TMZ reported that Brown allegedly became verbally abusive, even after being warned to calm down several times.

Chief Magistrate Dan Michael, who witnessed the courtroom showdown, told CNN the judges and staff "were all kind of floored" by Brown's tirade. The former TV personality was in court Monday to represent a client in a child-support case, but expressed disdain after he was told the case would not be addressed that afternoon.

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Brown was held in contempt a whopping five times "before they were able to get him out of the courtroom," Michael told CNN. The famous judge was then booked in Memphis' Shelby County jail. (Brown, it's worth noting, is a former Shelby County criminal judge.)

Brown hosted his eponymous reality court TV show, Judge Joe Brown, for 15 years. The syndicated show was canceled just last year.

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