Poster Child for abolishing immunity for judges?
The 60 year old former judge drew public attention last August after parts of his divorce hearings showing he had spent $3000 in one night at a Denver strip club, were made public. Nottingham, whose unsavory conduct had earned him the nickname "Judge Naughty", was also connected by local media agencies to a Denver area prostitution ring known as the Denver Sugar or Denver Players. The divorce case documents also indicate that Nottingham had used a judicial computer to look up an escort service.
Denver's News 9 reports that a prostitute says Nottingham asked her in March to deny their weekly $250-to-$300 an hour sessions if she was questioned by judicial investigators.
Nottingham recently faced charges of judicial misconduct after he mocked an attorney by placing a photograph of a pig wearing lipstick into a court ruling. Although the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that mockery of justice did not warrant a charge of judicial misconduct, a Denver chief Circuit Court judge ruled that Nottingham's conduct had "brought disrespect to the judiciary."
The U.S. District Court in Denver, which is severely backlogged with cases now has a total of three empty benches.
Mockery Of Justice OK For Colorado Judge, Says 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals
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