News

Judge Joe Brown loses bid to return to real-life courtroom

Judge Joe Brown loses bid to return to real-life courtroom

JUDGE JOE: Brown, a Democrat, challenged Republican Amy Weirich, the incumbent district attorney for Shelby County. She claimed victory late Thursday. Photo: Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former TV judge Joe Brown has lost his bid to become the district attorney for the Tennessee county that includes Memphis.

Brown, a Democrat, challenged Republican Amy Weirich, the incumbent district attorney for Shelby County. She claimed victory late Thursday.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Weirich had 65 percent of the vote compared with 35 percent for Brown.

Brown was a Criminal Court judge in Memphis before stepping down in 2000 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.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

WATCH: ‘Star Wars’ awakens force with teaser trailer

17-overlay2

"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?"

in Music

This week’s top rock tracks

foofighters

LISTEN: This week's top rock songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Weird

Cops to lady: Ma’am, you dropped your drugs

arrest

A woman being cited for public drunkenness accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor.

in Black Friday, Viral Videos

Black Friday facts that will make you think twice

22-overlay2

Before you wait in line for doorbuster deals, check out these Black Friday facts.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Friends of the Galaxy’ mashup

24-overlay2

If "Guardians of the Galaxy" was set to the "Friends" theme.