It sounds like the courtroom tables have turned.
Judge Joe Brown — who once hosted a self-titled TV series — is allegedly turning himself into authorities on Thursday to complete a five-day jail sentence. This comes on the heels of his March 2014 outburst in juvenile court during a custody trial.
Judge Joe Brown. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
He was charged with contempt of court when he lashed out at Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne, allegedly saying (via recording), “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.”
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“I don’t recall that your name’s ever been submitted, sir!”
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At the time, Joe was working a custody case and the judge sentenced him to 24 hours in prison. He was not happy when his request to have the case tossed was not granted.
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“The plan, as I understand it, is at noon tomorrow, he will report to the Sheriff’s office, and arrangements will be made for him to go to the (Shelby County) Correctional Center,” Juvenile Court’s chief administrative officer Larry Scroggs told Commercial Appeal. “It’s finally going to end, and I hope in a very smooth manner. It seems that it’s headed that way at this point.”