Judge Boswell Retires After 19 Years

Federal bankruptcy Judge G. Harvey Boswell on Friday retired from the bench after 19 years of service. He was appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Tennessee, on Nov. 16, 1993, the first judge to be permanently assigned to that court. Friday may have been the first time a shotgun was suddenly pulled from its case in a federal courtroom and six judges applauded, the Jackson Sun writes. The shotgun, a 12-gauge Beretta-A400, was a retirement gift. Boswell’s replacement will be appointed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. It will take at least nine months to select a replacement, he said. Until then, bankruptcy judges from Memphis will travel to Jackson to handle the case load.