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Judge appointed to hear Judge Joe Brown's case

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A spokesperson from Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts confirms Senior Judge Paul Summers will hear Judge Joe Brown's case. A spokesperson from Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts confirms Senior Judge Paul Summers will hear Judge Joe Brown's case.
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(WMC-TV) - A spokesperson from Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts confirms Senior Judge Paul Summers will hear Judge Joe Brown's case.

Brown, 66, was released on his own recognizance Monday, March 24 after he was charged with contempt of court and sentenced to five days in jail. Brown was sentenced for reportedly being disorderly in front of a magistrate in juvenile court.

In audio obtained by WMC Action News 5, Brown told the magistrate that according to federal standards, the woman he was representing had been treated unfairly. In the audio, the magistrate can be heard attempting to set a hearing for a later date; Brown threatens to shut the place down. The magistrate warned Judge Brown that he was close to finding himself in contempt.

"On what authority do you sit by?" said Brown to the magistrate. "As a former judge here, we have a rule in the 30th judicial district that says every single magistrate referee has to be unanimously approved by every circuit, chancery, and criminal court judge. I don't recall your name's ever been submitted, sir. This tribunal on a general sessions court's authority is insufficient to establish you, therefore I challenge your authority to hear it. By the way, what is that? Magistrate, sir? With due respect."

The court then claimed Brown in contempt. Initially, he was sentenced to serve one day in jail for each count at 201 Poplar in protective custody apart from the general population. A Tennessee Code on the books since 1970 gives juvenile court judges the right to fine up to $50 and imprison up to ten days.

All of the 10 local district judges recused themselves from hearing the case because of Brown 's former role as a local judge.

Senior Judge Paul Summers, who will hear the case, is also a former Tennessee attorney general. Summers is senior judge out of Nashville.

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