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Judge Joe Brown

AKA Joe B. Brown

Born: 5-Jul-1947
Birthplace: Washington, DC

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Judge, TV Personality

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: TV judge

Prior to his TV show, Judge Joe Brown was best known for presiding over the last hearings for James Earl Ray in 1997, as Ray tried to establish that he had been coerced into pleading guilty in the assassination of Martin Luther King. Brown was removed from the case on 6 March 1997, when the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that Judge Brown's decisions appeared to be biased in Ray's favor. No replacement judge was ever appointed, and Ray died the following year.

Brown's TV judge show was cancelled in 2014.

Wife: (div., two sons)
Wife: Deborah Herron (m. 29-Dec-2001)

    High School: Dorsey High School, Los Angeles, CA
    University: BA Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles
    Law School: JD, University of California at Los Angeles (1973)

    Contempt of Court Memphis, TN (arrested 24-Mar-2014; convicted)
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
    Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster
    Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Honorary (1999)

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