TV’s Judge Joe Brown jailed for contempt of court

A network TV crew filmed the circus

(CNN) – A celebrity TV judge is now on the other side of the law, for a few days anyway. Joe Brown turned himself in Thursday in Memphis to serve a short sentence.

Former TV judge Joe Brown rolled down the window of his black Chevy Tahoe to thank supporters, before entering 201 Poplar to serve his sentence.

A network TV crew filmed the circus. Brown spoke only with WMC Action News 5.

“I’ve always been about supporting the people in this county, that’s what they’re here to do, to support me. Support me, you support yourself.”

Amid a failed attempt to become the Shelby County DA last march, Brown had a heated exchange with a juvenile court magistrate during a child custody hearing. A judge gave him 5 days in jail, and Brown appealed. This week, the Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear his case, so now he has to serve the term.

“You’ve always been the judge and now you’re being judged.”

“You can’t ask him, but you might have asked Mandela, Martin Luther King, Reverend Lowery, Stokely Carmichael, you might ask those people who just got arrested in Ferguson what it’s all about. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do and stand up for justice.”

Brown’s a colorful character in Memphis history. He presided over hearings about the rifle used to assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He hosted the Emmy winning TV show Judge Joe Brown and he’s a former Shelby County criminal court judge. Brown maintains his innocence.

“Last words that you’d like to say to Memphis as we sign off here on Channel 5?”

“Black lives matter.”

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