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Judge Edward Nottingham, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, has been up to his neck in allegations of bad, bad stuff for the better part of a year. Earlier this month a local teevee station reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was investigating allegations of judicial misconduct for the third time in during that relatively short span. This investigation centers on hooker boinking:

He is being investigated for improper judicial conduct after his full name and personal cell phone number appeared on a list of clients from a Denver prostitution business.

The business called Denver Players or Denver Sugar was shut down in January after IRS and Denver Police investigators served search warrants at the brothel on Fillmore Street.

. . .

A man who had been hired to drive Denver Players prostitutes to meet clients, including Nottingham, talked exclusively to 9Wants to Know.

. . .

The driver told 9NEWS he took prostitutes to meet Judge Nottingham at two locations in the Denver area about 10 times during the summer of 2007.

The driver says the prostitutes would mention Judge Nottingham by name before and after their appointments with him and frequently referred to the judge by his nickname: “Naughty.”

This is but the latest in series of troubles. Last summer, Judge Nottingham and his wife of three years got divorced. During his deposition in the divorce case his honor acknowledged dropping $3,000 at a titty bar over the course of two nights and being too drunk to recall exactly how he spend the money. Judge Nottingham’s formal statement back then read:

Judge Nottingham believes the underlying issues raised by Channel Nine News are private and personal matters involving human frailties and foibles, matters which have now become public as a result of protracted, bitter divorce proceedings. Judge Nottingham has attempted to deal with the issues privately, and he will continue to do so. No purpose would be served by exploring these matters publicly.

A couple of months after the strip club revelation, a lawyer who’s been paralyzed since 1986 as the result of being shot by a divorce client’s angry husband filed a complaint against the judge. Seems the lawyer took Judge Nottingham to task for parking his SUV in a handicapped-only space. The judge identified himself, flashed his identification, and threatened to call U.S. Marshals on the lawyer.

Senator Ken Salazar (DINO-CO) — whose first act after assuming office was introducing the liar Alberto Gonzales, then Bush’s nominee to replace John Ashcroft as Attorney General, to the U.S. Senate — is beside himself with concern over the escort service allegations:

“I am very troubled by recent allegations made against Chief Judge Edward Nottingham,” Salazar said. “I believe that a United States district court judge should serve in an exemplary manner, both on and off the court.”

There may be a bit of a schadenfreude/ what-goes-around-comes-around thing at work on Sen. Salazar’s part:

Salazar has known Nottingham for many years.The two worked on cases together at the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard, when Nottingham was a partner and Salazar was an associate.

Lesson for law firm partners: Be kind to associates; you never know which ones will end up in the Senate.

Salazar also vows to “examine the evidence concerning the allegations and then decide what future action might be appropriate.” Wow! Shades of the When You Wish Upon A Star press conference that Al Haig gave shortly after John Hinckley shot Ronald Reagan!

The Circuit Executive for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals handles discipline of federal trial court judges in this here part of the country, and the impeachment of federal judges is the House of Representatives’ bailiwick. In either case, “decid[ing] what future action might be appropriate” ain’t Ken Salazar’s job. Well, at least he isn’t Pete Coors.

In any event, there’s surely many unseemly miles still to travel before the Nottingham saga sleeps. Stay tuned!

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  • PeteSmith  On April 22, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Great blog! Just discovered you today.

    Nottingham’s been covered exhaustively by another Colo. blog http://knowYourCourts.com. See Prendergast’s comment at: http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2008/03/more_naughty_stories_about_not.php

  • kay sieverding  On June 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm


    I have been very interested in the Judge Nottingham story because he ruined my life. I reread the 9 News report about their interview with the limo driver and I noticed that the article said that the driver brought the prostitutes to Judge Nottingham to provide sex to two different locations. Only one location where the prostitutes was brought to Judge Nottingham was identified in the article — his son’s condo. What was the second location? I’m thinking that if the second location was the judge’s residence that the article would have identified it. That is why I am wondering if the prostitutes were also brought to Judge Nottingham’s office in the federal court house. I think Judge Nottingham would have been able to access his office 24 hours a day 7 days a week and that the office would be private enough for sex. I think the federal court house would have records of everyone entering the facility after hours or any time that visitors were signed in.


  • By Nottingham to Quit « Subject to Complete Defeasance on October 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    […] horndoggy, is resigning this week. Some of Judge Nottingham’s prior travails are discussed here. His sordid history is chronicled in detail here courtesy of Know Your […]

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