Given Judge Folsom's Arkansas background, it may not be contempt of court per se to draw the analogy to Jerry Jones, so I will mention that it reminded me a bit of the Dallas Cowboys signing Deion Sanders from rival San Francisco 49ers in 1995 when I learned that the Eastern District of Texas judges yesterday selected Roy S. Payne, a partner in Shreveport, La.’s Gregorio, Gregory & Payne, to fill the magistrate judge position being vacated by Judge Everingham this Friday. The title won't be new - Judge Payne served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the Western District of Louisiana for 18 years from 1987 until 2005 but returned to private practice when his children entered college, Eastern District clerk Dave Maland said.
Judge Payne was born in New Orleans (always a good place to start - happens to be where I was born as well) and attended college at the University of Virginia, law school at LSU, and received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg in the Western District of Louisiana and taught at the New England School of Law between his law degrees at LSU and Harvard.
Hopefully Judge Payne's previous experience will speed up the associated paperwork and he can get on the bench sooner rather than later and start covering receivers (or at least patent lawyers) here in Marshall. An 18 year veteran with two law degrees just might be able to replace Judge Everingham.