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Judge orders juvenile court to send Joe Brown's case to appeals court

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Judge Paul Summers remanded Judge Joe Brown's case back to juvenile court and directed juvenile court to send the case to the appeals court in Jackson, Tenn. Judge Paul Summers remanded Judge Joe Brown's case back to juvenile court and directed juvenile court to send the case to the appeals court in Jackson, Tenn.
Joe Brown spoke at his own hearing, telling Judge Summers that he believes the recording of juvenile court proceeding has been severely edited and is not an accurate reflection of what happened that day. Joe Brown spoke at his own hearing, telling Judge Summers that he believes the recording of juvenile court proceeding has been severely edited and is not an accurate reflection of what happened that day.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Judge Paul Summers remanded Judge Joe Brown's case back to juvenile court and directed juvenile court to send the case to the appeals court in Jackson, Tenn.

Joe Brown spoke at his own hearing, telling Judge Summers that he believes the recording of juvenile court proceeding has been severely edited and is not an accurate reflection of what happened that day. He wants the court to make sure this is not retaliation for his previous fights with juvenile court decades ago.

"Ultimately, we want to make sure that the record is fully accurate. Wanna make sure that it's complete. Whatever safeguards were already in place that they are honored in this case as well, no exceptions to that," said Brown's attorney, Andre Wharton.

"I'm going to remand all these documents to juvenile court. When I have the formal notice by the district attorney general pro-tem that this appeal has been lodged in appellate court, then I'm going to dismiss this case," said Judge Summers.

It was a ruling Brown says he expected from the judicial system.

"I've been involved with it for 40-something years, so every now and then it gives you perspective to get caught in the hot seat yourself," said Brown.

Brown is running for Shelby County District Attorney against current DA Amy Weirich. The legal battle will not be over by Election Day.

The typical time frame on an appeal is 12 to 18 months.

Brown says his outburst that was caught on tape in juvenile court did not amount to contempt.

"On a scale of one through 10, it was about a 1.5 in terms of intensity. Something I've been doing for years and lawyers in front of me did for years," he said. "But maybe we've got a new day where everybody's softer and a little more delicate."

Joe Brown was arrested in March after challenging a magistrate during proceedings in Juvenile Court.

Brown was sentenced to five days in jail, but he was later released on his own recognizance.

Earlier this week, Brown's attorneys filed new motions in the case, saying the juvenile court magistrates conspired to keep Brown in jail by ignoring proper procedures.

Judge Summers was appointed to the case after all of the Shelby County judges recused themselves from the case.

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