TV's Judge Joe Brown jailed on contempt of court charge in Memphis

By Alan Duke

TV's Judge Joe Brown was jailed on a contempt of court charge issued by a Tennessee juvenile judge Monday, according to a court spokesman.

Brown, 66, was booked into the Shelby County jail in Memphis Monday afternoon, sheriff's spokesman Chip Washington said.

The former Shelby County criminal court judge presided over a syndicated reality TV show based on court case arbitration for 15 years until it was canceled last year.

Brown, now a lawyer in private practice, was in court to represent a client in a child-support case.

Details about what led the juvenile court magistrate to order his bailiff to handcuff Brown and take him to jail were not immediately confirmed.

Brown announced his candidacy for the Shelby County district attorney post last month.

CNN was first alerted to Brown's arrest by a Twitter posting.

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