When it comes to being a courtroom official, I imagine the worst participants in the world would have to be former judges and lawyers, if only because they know everything (or think they do) and are so used to running a courtroom that they’ll gladly step in and run your courtroom even if they’re only there as a defendant. Such is the case with television judges like Judge Joe Brown, who spent time on the bench before becoming an entertainer and is now back to looking to spend time in front of the bench as the District Attorney of Shelby County, Tennessee. But that’s not why he’s in the news. Judge Joe Brown was sentenced to five days for contempt of court by Juvenlie Court Magistrate Harold Horne after an argument in court.
Said the TV judge, “Excuse me … you need to straighten yourself out,” adding, “Now if you want to get into this, let’s get into this. This sorry operation needs to stop.”
The dispute was over due process, which Judge Joe Brown apparently felt he wasn’t getting during a debate over child support. That caused Brown to get snippy at Judge Horne, and Horne responded back by sending Judge Joe to the tank to cool off for awhile. Five days, in fact. Judge Joe reacted with restraint, and by restraint I mean he immediately compared himself to jailed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who also spent time in a Memphis jail but for much different reasons.
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