Judge Joe Brown Arrested in Tennessee

The television judge has been charged with five counts of contempt of court for an angry outburst during a child support hearing in Memphis on Monday.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The star of the television show Judge Joe Brown was arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee, court officials in Memphis said Monday.

It has since been reported that he has been released from custody.

Shelby County Juvenile Court officials said the 66-year-old Joe Brown was sentenced to five days in jail after causing an outburst Monday in a child support hearing. Brown is running in the Democratic primary for Shelby County district attorney general.

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Magistrate Judge Harold "Hal" Horne charged the former TV judge with contempt of court, said Dan Michael, chief magistrate judge of the Shelby County Juvenile Court.

"He darn near caused a riot in the courtroom, he had people so inflamed," Michael said of the former TV judge.

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Brown could not be reached for comment. Neither jail officials nor juvenile court officials knew whether he had retained a lawyer. WREG-TV was reporting that Brown had been released from jail.

The former TV judge was representing a woman who had been brought in on a warrant in a child support case, Michael said. Brown, he said, was yelling and repeatedly challenging Horne's authority and even addressing his comments to a crowd of people inside the courtroom.

Brown's nationally syndicated TV show was canceled last year.