TV's Judge Joe Brown held in contempt of court

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WKYT) - Judge Joe Brown has been released from jail after an argument with a magistrate in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Brown was locked up for contempt of court after getting into it with a juvenile court magistrate. The former TV judge and current Democratic candidate for Shelby County District General's office says he wanted to visit juvenile court.

When he was there, a woman asked him for help with her child support case. He took it on pro bono and that's when the fireworks started.

The magistrate handling the case told Brown the case was being continued to another date, but Brown didn't want to hear it.

Brown threatened the magistrate, questioned his authority and argued the case should be thrown out.

Brown was physically removed from the courtroom. He is now out of jail on his own recognizance.