Another One: Top Federal Judge Linked to Prostitution Ring
Nottingham was "implicated as a customer" of the Denver prostitution ring.
March 14, 2008— -- One of the country's top federal judges has been linked to an investigation of a Denver-based prostitution ring, according to federal officials.
Edward Nottingham, the chief federal judge in Denver, Colo., was "implicated as a customer" in an ongoing IRS and Denver police investigation of an alleged prostitution operation called Denver Sugar/Denver Players, according to officials.
The service advertised on the Internet as having "gorgeous adult Colorado companions."
According to a Denver television station, KUSA, Judge Nottingham's nickname among the prostitutes was "Naughty."
Several "professional athletes," lawyers and businessmen are also involved, officials said.
Unlike the prostitution investigation in New York that led to this week's resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the Denver case has received little attention outside Colorado.
The chief judge of the 10th Federal Circuit Court, Robert Henry, is "taking under advisement a complaint about a judge's conduct," according to the Rocky Mountain News. The person who filed the complaint confirmed to the paper that the judge is Nottingham.
Judge Nottingham has remained on the bench since being publicly linked to the investigation last week. His office referred calls to his lawyer, Stephen Peters, who said Judge Nottingham "has no public comment at this time."
Based on the Web site of Denver Sugar/Denver Players, prostitution prices seem to be substantially lower than those in New York.
According to published reports, Judge Nottingham, appointed to the federal bench in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush, paid $300 to $400 for "all-inclusive" sex with prostitutes working for the Denver Sugar/Denver Players service.
New York Gov. Spitzer paid $4,300 for two hours with a prostitute named "Kristen," according to an FBI affidavit in which he was referred to as Client 9.
Judge Nottingham's conduct has been in question twice before. Last year, the Denver Post reported that FBI agents questioned his ex-wife "after she revealed he spent thousands of dollars at the Diamond Cabaret strip club and subscribed to an Internet dating site that contains pornography."