Legal Ethics

Denver Chief U.S. Judge Faces Ethics Probe Over Alleged Links to Prostitutes

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A report at says Colorado’s chief federal judge is facing an ethics investigation for alleged links to a Denver prostitution business.

The story alleges that investigators found the name and cell phone number of Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham on a list of clients of the business, known as Denver Players or Denver Sugar. An anonymous driver told the NBC affiliate that he took prostitutes to Nottingham’s condo complex who told him they were seeing a judge whose nickname was “Naughty.”

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is investigating, the story says.

Investigators shut down the prostitution business in July and searched the home of its owner, who has not been charged. Sources told the publication that the business catered to high-profile clients, including judges and lawyers.

Nottingham has faced two other 10th Circuit investigations. One involved allegations that he visited a strip club. The other stems from a Denver lawyer’s complaint that the judge threatened to call authorities when she confronted him about parking in a handicapped space.

A hat tip to How Appealing, which posted the story.

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