Deal means vote on Stanford prosecutor's nomination

By NEMS Daily Journal

R. Allen Stanford’s lead prosecutor is among stalled judicial nominees to receive a vote in the U.S. Senate under a deal struck Wednesday between Democrats and Republicans.
Gregg Costa, assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Texas, was nominated to the Texas federal bench Sept. 9, 2011. He has the support of Texas’ two GOP senators and the American Bar Association’s highest rating for judge nominees.
Last December, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved his nomination but he hasn’t gotten a full Senate vote, like 21 other pending judicial nominees.
Under the new agreement, the Senate will vote on 14 of the stalled nominees – 12 for federal district courts and two for appellate courts.
Ten days ago, Costa presided over the government’s legal team to win a guilty verdict against Stanford in a $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme on investors in his Stanford International Bank Ltd. in Antigua.