A longtime TV judge and former criminal court judge has been prevented from practicing law in Tennessee after being placed on disability inactive status by the state’s Supreme Court. The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reports that Joe Brown was designated “temporarily disabled and incapacitated from practicing law.”
Brown presided over the syndicated court show “Judge Joe Brown,” which ran from 1998-2013. He was a criminal court judge in Shelby County, Tenn., and ran for Shelby County District Attorney General in 2014.
Brown has been working with Celebritunity Studios to develop a new court show, “True Verdict with Judge Joe Brown,” which is targeted for a fall 2016 release in syndication.
The studio released a statement saying: “Judge Brown is suffering from what hopefully will prove to be a temporary disability as a result of complications following from Type II Diabetes and the effects of prescribed medication for the condition combined with hypertension and stress.”
Brown ran into legal trouble in Memphis a couple of years ago, when he was reportedly charged with five counts of contempt of court and accused of becoming verbally abusive during a child support case in Shelby County Juvenile Court. It was reported that he was reviewing the case as a favor to someone he had just met. He reportedly served a five-day sentence, being released in September of last year.
“Brown had a petition for discipline pending against him from October 2015,” the Commercial Appeal notes. “The petition has been suspended indefinitely until he can be removed from inactive status.”