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Former TV judge goes to jail: Contempt term went from 1 day to 5 days as Joe Brown kept talking

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After Tennessee’s top court earlier this month rejected his appeal of a five-day contempt sentence, former television judge Joe Brown headed to jail in Shelby County on Thursday to begin paying his debt to society.

Jail officials said Brown will be housed in a single-man cell for his own protection, the Commercial Appeal reports.

Brown himself was a local judge in Tennessee before becoming a television personality known for his Judge Joe Brown syndicated program.

He was initially defiant after longtime Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold “Hal” Horne sentenced him to one day for contempt during a hearing last year. Despite repeated warnings from Horne, Brown kept talking, and the magistrate within minutes gradually increased the sentence from one day to five days.

The Associated Press also has a story.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Appeals court says magistrate had power to hold former TV judge Joe Brown in contempt and jail him”

ABAJournal.com: “Former TV judge Joe Brown goes to jail after he is found in contempt; hear the audio”

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