A popular television judge suffered a setback in a real-world court. The Tennessee Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Joe Brown, who starred for 15 seasons on the syndicated “Judge Joe Brown” show, the AP reports.
Brown was appealing a five-day jail sentence he received for contempt of court.
“In a one-sentence ruling issued Aug. 14, the court denied Brown’s application to appeal a Court of Appeals ruling from March, multiple media outlets report. The March ruling upheld Brown’s 5-day jail sentence stemming from an outburst last year in Shelby County Juvenile Court,” the AP reports.
The report adds: “On March 24, 2014, Brown was briefly jailed after Juvenile Court officials said he caused an outburst in the courtroom while there representing a client. Magistrate Judge Harold Horne initially sentenced Brown to one day in jail, but upped the sentence to five days after a verbal exchange with Brown. Brown was arrested and released later that day.”
Based on an audio recording of the proceedings, the story reports that Brown asked Horne: “Excuse me, on what authority do you sit, by the way?” He later added: “… This tribunal on a General Sessions Court’s authority is insufficient to establish you. Therefore, I challenge your authority to hear it. … This is a circus, sir.”
Brown alleged in his appeal that the recording was manipulated, the AP notes.