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Judge Joe Brown arrested

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Judge Joe Brown, arrested Monday afternoon on contempt of court charges, was released several hours later on his own recognizance after an order was signed by Judge James Beasley, Shelby County Sheriff spokesman Chip Washington said.

Judge Brown, a Democratic candidate for the Shelby County District Attorney General's office, spent almost four hours in jail.

Apparently, Judge Brown was at Shelby County Juvenile Court and he wanted to speak on behalf of a juvenile in a child support case. He was waiting for the court to bring the child's documents.

LISTEN: Audio of Courtroom 5, Judge Joe Brown held in contempt of court

It's being reported Judge Brown chastised the juvenile court and judge, threatening to take the matter to a judicial review.

The 66-year-old former television judge and Shelby County Criminal Court judge, was physically removed from the courtroom and held in contempt for five days.

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Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael told FOX13 News Brown nearly started a riot in Courtroom 5. He was brought out in handcuffs. A witness who was in Courtroom 5 at the time of Brown's tirade said Brown told the magistrate he had no authority.

Brown was transported to 201 Poplar in Downtown Memphis shortly after 3 p.m., where he will was booked, photographed and fingerprinted.

Shelby County Jail administrators said Brown will be held at the criminal justice center (201 Poplar) in protective custody segregated from the general population until either he has served his sentence or is released beforehand, said county sheriff spokesman Chip Washington.

Statement from Juvenile Court Judge Curtis S. Person

"Anyone who comes before the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County will be treated fairly, with dignity and with respect. Anyone who acts in a contemptuous manner toward this Court, toward any member of this Court, toward any employee of this Court or toward any visitor of this Court will be dealt with appropriately according to the laws of the State of Tennessee."

Over the weekend Brown held a "man up rally" that was organized to help young men realize their full potential. He said his goal is to keep teens out of jail.

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