Facing New Ethics Complaint by Ex-Prostitute, US Judge May Resign
Posted Oct 17, 2008 5:02 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A federal judge in Denver is considering resignation after a former prostitute filed a new ethics complaint against him that contends he asked her to lie about paying her for sex.
Published reports by 9News and the Rocky Mountain News say U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham is expected to resign today or by the end of the week, while the Denver Post says he is merely contemplating resignation.
Nottingham was already facing an ethics investigation based on allegations he spent $3,000 on a stripper, was on a client list of an escort service and got into an argument with a lawyer who confronted him after he parked in a handicapped parking spot.
Nottingham was known as a stern judge who ran a no-nonsense courtroom and was sometimes referred to as the sheriff of Nottingham, the Rocky Mountain News reports in a separate story.
The prostitute told 9News she worked for Bada Bing Denver and that Nottingham paid her $250 to $300 an hour for sex. She said that during one visit to his home, Nottingham asked her to strip naked to make sure she was not wearing a wire and then asked her to lie about the nature of their relationship. She showed the television station a confirmation of her new ethics complaint, filed last Friday.
"People should know the truth, that's why I'm doing this," she told 9News.