Judge Joe Brown challenging contempt charges

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Brown gained fame by presiding as a TV judge. Now he's the one facing charges.

The star of the television show "Judge Joe Brown" and present-day political candidate has a court hearing April 4 in Tennessee on his challenge of contempt of court charges handed down Monday by a Shelby County Juvenile Court magistrate.

The 66-year-old Brown was arrested and sentenced to five days in jail during an outburst in a child support hearing before Juvenile Court Magistrate Judge Harold "Hal" Horne. Brown was released from jail by a Circuit Court judge who'll hear arguments next week about dropping the charges and sentence.

Brown, whose nationally syndicated TV show was canceled last year, is running in the Democratic primary for district attorney general in Shelby County, Tennessee's largest county.

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