The 66-year-old Brown reportedly had a yelling match with Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold "Hal" Horne during a child support hearing. As a result of his outburst, Brown was held in contempt in Shelby County Juvenile Court before being sentenced to five days in jail.
Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael was also witness to Brown's outburst and told the Commercial Appeal that Brown "all but had that courtroom in a riot."
Michael also mentioned that Joe Brown is running for Shelby County District Attorney and arrived at the courthouse in campaign mood. He was shaking hands and asking people for votes but grew impatient with court delays.
Michael said Brown then approached the bench where he proceeded to verbally attack Horne. After refusing to refrain from his outburst, Horne eventually had him arrested. Further protesting from Brown drew four additional accounts equaling the five days in jail.
Brown, who is a former Shelby County, Tenn., Criminal Court judge, apparently thought he was above the law in this situation. During the time his show aired from 1998 to 2013, Joe Brown was known for his stern approach, but that same stern approach has landed him some jail time.