Judge Costa to leave 5th Circuit in August
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge on the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will step down in August, according to the website for federal courts.
Judge Gregg Costa of Houston gave notice on Wednesday of his resignation.
The United States Courts website says the vacancy takes effect Aug. 5. No reason was given for Costa’s leaving the seat, to which he was appointed for life. The court did not immediately respond to a request for a statement.
Costa, who turns 50 this year, has been on the appeals court since 2014. He was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama after having served since 2011 as a federal judge in the court system’s Southern District of Texas.
His resignation means President Joe Biden has two seats to fill on the court. Judge James Dennis has said he will step down from his role as one of the court’s 17 “active” judges to assume senior status once a replacement can be seated. That means he will handle a reduced case load and would not routinely sit on full court “en banc” hearings.
Dennis and Costa are two of only five active 5th Circuit judges nominated by Democratic presidents. The remaining active judges were appointed by Republicans, including six appointed by President Donald Trump.