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Judge Joe Brown plans to file today to become a candidate for Shelby Co. District Attorney

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

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Judge Joe Brown is expected to file a petition today to run for Shelby County District Attorney.  He will run as a Democrat and is perceived to be the biggest challenge for incumbent Amy Weirich, who is running for re-election.

Judge Joe Brown sits down with Greg Coy tonight on FOX13 News at 5 p.m.

FOX13 is following this story and will continue to bring you the latest developments as they come in.

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He's best known for being the hard-hitting star of the  "Judge Joe Brown Show."

The television star says he's interested in getting back to reality.

Brown, who was the first Black prosecutor in Memphis history, said that he sees room for major improvement in the way justice is doled out in Shelby County. Brown says he's strongly considering a run for District Attorney General of Shelby County.

"I have noticed a trend over several decades that the office is perceived as belonging to the people that hold office and work as assistance," Brown said. "That office belongs to the people of Shelby County. That is, to whom anyone in that office assistant, head, investigator or otherwise is answerable - the people."

Amy Weirich currently holds the seat of Shelby County District Attorney General, the first female DAG in county history.

But Brown claims that while DAG Weirich may be of the people of Shelby County, she isn't necessarily for the people in each and every case as she should be.

"I have noticed a trend over several decades that the office is perceived as belonging to the people that hold office and work as assistance. That office belongs to the people of Shelby County. That is to whom anyone in that office assistant, head, investigator or otherwise is answerable - the people.

"If you live in a trailer park you should get the same justice as you get in Germantown," Brown said. "If you live in South Memphis or North Memphis you should get the same. If you live in Cordova or Collierville or Millington you should get the same.

"What I'm talking about here is the fact that in this county there's been a severe neglect of ordinary people from middle class down," Brown added. "This should not be a town with county club justice."

Before rising to popularity on his reality courtroom show, judge Joe was a prosecutor and criminal court judge right here in Shelby County.

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