published Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Judge Joe Brown to face incumbent in DA race in Tennessee's largest county

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    This file photo provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office on March 24, 2014, shows Judge Joe Brown, who was arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee.
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MEMPHIS — Former TV judge Joe Brown could become the top prosecutor in Tennessee's largest county if the voters elect him over the incumbent in August.

Brown, a Democrat, and incumbent Amy Weirich, a Republican, ran unopposed in primary elections on Tuesday.

The 66-year-old Brown was a criminal court judge in Memphis before stepping down to dedicate himself to the TV show. The show is no longer on the air.

He was arrested and briefly jailed in March after a Shelby County Juvenile Court magistrate found him in contempt of court during a contentious hearing. He is appealing the charges.

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