Nottingham to Quit

Edward Nottingham, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and all-around lunatic 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 Courts.

Nottingham, a Bush the First appointee, has been on the bench since 1989. According to the Rocky Mountain News article linked above:

The most recent complaint became public Thursday in a 9News report.

A former prostitute said Nottingham asked her to lie to investigators and tell them he didn’t pay her for sex, the station reported.

The woman, whom 9News did not identify, worked for the former escort service Bada Bing Denver. She claimed Nottingham paid her $250 to $300 per hour for sex once a week between February 2003 and November 2004.

Nottingham’s decision to hang up the gavel came after “a closed-door judicial misconduct hearing that didn’t go well,” according to the article.

Update (10/17/08): The waiting is the hardest part, so says Tom Petty, and we’re still waiting on official word of Judge Nottingham’s alleged resignation. His honor hasn’t been to the courthouse since Tuesday, and his case work is getting dumped in the laps of other judges. However, we still lack a formal resignation.

Protocol for resignation of a federal judge involves a phone call to White House. The Denver Post has been trying without success to discovery whether Judge Nottingham or anyone acting on his behalf has made such a call.

Update (10/22/08): Judge Nottingham made it official yesterday afternoon, resigning his commission as a federal judge effective 10/29.

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