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The Angriest I Have Ever Seen Judge Joe Brown

Updated on December 28, 2010

A Little About Judge Joe Brown

Judge Joe Brown has a syndicated small claims court program airing on different channels throughout the country. He is initially known for being the presiding judge in the last appeal of James Earl Ray’s conviction of assassinating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Judge Joe Brown will berate a litigant if he deems it necessary to teach the litigant a lesson in life and responsibility. He will also be more calm if he can successfully reach the litigant. It is also very difficult to lie to Judge Joe Brown and get away with it as he knows a little about more things than most television judges. I've seen him explain how a car engine works one minute and explain the strategies of football the next.

The Case

A recently married man was being sued by his wife’s brother for reimbursement of funeral costs related to the burial of the wife.  The couple had only been married for a few hours when the wife passed away.  I don’t remember what caused her death.  The widowed man’s defense was, “I don’t think I should pay for my wife’s funeral because I wasn’t married to her for very long before she died.”


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Judge Joe Brown’s Reaction

This defense enraged and disgusted Judge Brown.  I don’t remember the exact words Judge Brown used to berate the defendant.   He was so angry,  I could see the veins in his neck bulge.  He was visibly shaking.  Usually, when Judge Brown berates a defendant, he remains seated.  Judge Brown was so angry at the defendant he rose from his chair.  I thought Judge Brown was going to jump his bench and physically beat the defendant.  He began to yell at the defendant, telling him what a lowlife he was for refusing to pay for his wife’s funeral.  He told the defendant that, morally and legally, he was responsible for the burial costs of his new wife.  He told the defendant it didn’t matter if they were married fifteen minutes or fifteen years, the surviving spouse is responsible for any burial costs incurred by the deceased.

Judge Joe Brown has a philosophy of “protecting womanhood and promoting manhood”.    Judge Brown really “promoted manhood” in this case by telling the defendant he needed to “man up” and take care of his responsibilities.


The Ruling

The defendant was ordered to pay the plaintiff for the entire cost of the wife’s burial and the plaintiff’s court costs.

© 2010 Tammy L


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      kea@village fm 6 years ago

      wow what Joe brown did was so Good!

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      marilyn 6 years ago

      In the past few years, Judge Joe Brown has developled a 19th century accect. Where the hell did this come from? Its so annoying. Kinda like a few years ago (but since has stopped) Madonna had a Brittish accent. Kelsey Grammar (sp) also comes to mind. Is this some kind of disorder?

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      Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      Hi MOM: He was legally and morally responsible. Her brother did pay for the funeral and filed a small claims case in Judge Joe's court for reimbursement which he was granted. I couldn't believe some people are that sorry until I saw that case.

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      MOM 6 years ago

      Yes the poor slob was legally responsible... yet if I were her family I would have paid the expenses and barred him from the funeral and the turned around and sued him.

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      Tammy L 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      Yes DIY, it was stupid. I have tried to find video for the case to add to this hub.

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      DIY Backlinks 7 years ago

      Wow, what a moron to take that defense.

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      Tammy L 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      I agree wholeheartedly, Sunnyglitter. I wish I was making this up but there are some people in the world just like this guy.

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      I love Judge Joe Brown. What a crappy husband.

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      Tammy L 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      Thanks prairieprincess. I had never seen him that angry before or since. It didn't surprise me that someone would be that heartless and greedy.

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      Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, that is an interesting story. I think he was completely justified in getting indignant at this man. Good for him, and great hub ... clearly told story.

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      Tammy L 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      Yes, Qudsia, while it is sad the wife passed on what would normally be the happiest day of her life, it was probably for the best in the long run since her hubby was "morally bankrupt"

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      QudsiaP1 7 years ago

      I think what Judge Joe Brown did was awesome.

      Indeed the said husband is a low life. Good thing his wife died early before she could find out what a cheapskate he really is.