He turned himself in. Judge Joe Brown began his five-day jail sentence this week, WMC Action News 5 reports. The former TV star’s punishment stems from a courtroom outburst last year.
Brown, 68, was arrested for contempt of court in Memphis, Tenn., back in March 2014. According to WMC, he got into a “heated exchange” while on the job during a child custody case.
At the time, TMZ reported that Brown “challenged” an authority and got “pretty raucous.” The lawyer was only on hand to see how the court was being managed at the time, but he took action when he saw how a civilian’s case was being handled.
“I will not apologize for vigorously defending my client and demanding that the court follow the law," he said in a statement to WMC. "What I saw was a miscarriage of justice and I did what needed to be done.”
He continued: “I will serve the time and I will continue stand up and speak out for justice as I have done throughout my 40-year legal career. When our courts don’t follow the rule of law, justice is in jeopardy for everyone. Thank you to all of my supporters. Your prayers and well wishes are appreciated."
Brown starred on CBS’ Judge Joe Brown from 1998 to 2013.
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