Bloomberg Law
April 27, 2022, 8:45 AM

Resigning Fifth Circuit Judge Fears Politicization of Judiciary

Madison Alder
Madison Alder

Judge Gregg Costa worries forum shopping and nationwide injunctions are contributing to a public perception of the federal judiciary as political as he prepares to resign from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

“I do fear that courts are becoming increasingly politicized, and there’s a sense—at least outside the courts—that judges are on teams or that people root for certain sides,” Costa said in an interview.

Costa, 49, plans to make the rare move to leave the federal bench in August to return to private practice. His resignation will cap a decade-long career as a judge that ...

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