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Special judge to rule on appeal from Joe Brown

– The Tennessee Court of Appeals should decide the appeal of Joe Brown, the former TV judge who was jailed on contempt of court charges, a special judge said Friday.

Brown said the recording of his March 24 comments in the Juvenile Court of Shelby County was “severely” edited and does not reflect what happened.

Brown, 66, was ordered to spend five days in jail after Juvenile Court officials said he caused an outburst in the courtroom while there representing a client. Brown maintains he was not out of line. On a recording provided by Juvenile Court, he can be heard repeatedly challenging the magistrate’s authority.

The Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk said the recording was only cut off in the first few seconds to delete the name of Brown’s client to protect the client’s privacy.

“But after that it was straight through,” Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos said of the recording. She said nothing was ever edited after the client’s name was deleted.

Brown said he had a decades-long history of challenging the Juvenile Court and he expressed concern about “retaliation for past events” to Special Judge Paul Summers. Brown, whose nationally syndicated TV show was canceled last year, is running for district attorney general in Shelby County.

– Associated Press