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Who is Judge Joe Brown ?

Who is Judge Joe Brown. The Judicial world knows Brown as a judge and host of a court show which shares his name. Raised in Los Angeles, California, Brown earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at UCLA, before moving to Memphis, Tennessee in 1974.

Brown born July 5, 1947, became the first African American prosecutor in the city of Memphis. He would later open his own law practice before becoming a judge on the State Criminal Court of Shelby County, Tennessee .

Brown was thrust into the national spotlight while presiding over James Earl Ray's last appeal of Ray's conviction for the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Brown was removed from the reopened investigation of King's murder due to alleged bias—former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia wrote that Brown told her and the Congressional Black Caucus, unequivocally, that the so-called murder rifle was not the weapon that killed Martin Luther King, Jr. [1] It was during this time that Judge Brown caught the attention of the producers of Judge Judy.


The syndicated "Judge Joe Brown" court show premiered in 1998. The series is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution, the successor company to its previous distributors Worldvision Enterprises, Paramount Domestic Television, and CBS Paramount Domestic Television, and may be found on local television stations in the United States during the day. Popular musicians Coolio, Ike Turner, and Rick James have all been litigants on the show.


"Judge Joe Brown" cannot properly be referred to as small claims, contrary to the show's setup. Like all television 'Judge shows', it is actually a form of binding arbitration. The producers maintain the pretense of a civil courtroom. The program also features court reporter Jacque Kessler and bailiff Sonia Montejano. Montejano joined the show in 2006, succeeding Holly Evans, who had been bailiff since 1998. Rolonda Watts is the show's announcer, succeeding Ben Patrick Johnson.

Brown married Deborah Herron in December 2001 in Oxnard, California

Brown is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate fraternity established for African-Americans.

Brown is also a black belt in Taekwondo

On March 19, 2008, Brown wrote a character reference letter to Judge William Terrell Hodges in regards to actor Wesley Snipes for Snipes' tax evasion trial.[2]


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