DA Candidate Brown Arrested for Contempt

Shelby County District Attorney candidate Joe Brown was led away in handcuffs Monday from Juvenile Court – charged with contempt of court – following an outburst during a child support hearing, the Commercial Appeal reports. Brown, a former Shelby County Criminal Court judge and television personality was arrested after allegedly yelling at long-time Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold “Hal” Horne. Observers said Brown was questioning the court’s authority to lock up individuals for failing to pay child support. Horne initially held Brown in contempt and sentenced him to a day in jail, but as Brown continued to protest Horne added four additional counts for a total of five days in jail.