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Judge Joe Brown

Released from Jail

After Courtroom Rant

3/25/2014 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Former TV judge Joe Brown has been sprung from jail ... after a nuclear courtroom fight Monday (hear audio) in Memphis.

A juvenile court judge sentenced Brown to 5 days in the slammer for contempt of court ... after Brown went  Al Pacino "And Justice for All" nuts during a hearing.

Brown -- who is running for D.A. --  claims jailing him was "dirty politics."

Brown's lawyer went to another court Monday night and the judge was more lenient, releasing him on his own recognizance. 

The judge who sent Brown to the pokey is not backing down, saying he demands dignity and respect in the courtroom, adding Brown acted in a contemptuous manner.

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