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After 25 days in jail, hand doc Michael Brown is released from six-month sentence

After 25 days in jail, hand doc Michael Brown is released from six-month sentence

Disgraced hand surgeon Michael Brown is back on the streets after serving 25 days of a six-month jail sentence — his punishment for not complying with a court order that restricted his spending habits during divorce proceedings with estranged wife Rachel Brown.

The doctor and budding photographer walked from a Harris County jail on Thursday, just three days after judge Sheri Dean denied his early release request to assist with financially reorganizing the Brown Hand Center empire. He was also hoping to leave jail early to treat a reported case of E.coli.

But the judge soon changed her mind, according to Brown's lawyer John Nichols. The doctor was freed after satisfying long-unpaid financial conditions, namely monthly payments to his wife for child support and legal fees.

"It was really just as simple as that," Nichols tells CultureMap. "We met the conditions and my client was released. He left Houston and went back to where he lives in Miami."

With Brown out of jail, Nichols hopes the divorce proceedings can get back on track. "We're just trying to get his case settled," he explains. "These monthly payments are pretty high, so we'd like to get this resolved."

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Michael Brown ended his six-month jail sentence early after satisfying certain "financial conditions" (namely legal fees and child support). Photo by Tyler Rudick
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John Nichols confers with Brown, who sits in a court house jail before meeting with a judge last week. Photo by Tyler Rudick