Details have emerged of the expanding scandal that may have compelled Chief Judge Edward Nottingham to resign. A prostitute from the Bada Bing Club in Denver has reportedly given evidence that Nottingham was not only a regular customer but asked her to lie to cover up their relationship.
It appears that, while she works as a prostitute, it was a bit too much to demand that she lie. She told a local station: “It just seems ridiculous that someone in his position would ask someone to lie, He’s there to uphold the law and he’s breaking it.” Well, his request for her to have sex for money probably crossed that bridge before he allegedly asked her to lie.
According to another prostitute, Nottingham did not try to hide his identity and began their relationship with a greeting fit for any junior league get-together: “He used to say, ‘Ed, my name is Ed and I’m a federal judge.'”
Nottingham would allegedly pay $250 to $300 an hour once a week from February 2003 through November 2004 to the former escort agency Bada Bing of Denver.
This is the fourth investigation of Nottingham in eighteen months. The woman stated that in their last meeting, Nottingham had her strip to be sure that she was not wearing a wire.
This latest investigation, the fourth investigation into Judge Nottingham in the past year and a half, involves a former prostitute with the now dissolved escort service Bada Bing of Denver. She claims the chief judge took her to his house in March where he asked her to make up a story to tell investigators about the nature of their relationship – he paid her for sex.
When she arrived, he asked her to strip naked along with him to make sure that neither one of them was wearing a wire. It appears that not only is this a prostitute with an iron-clad rule against lying, but she is also highly hesitant to disrobe for any purpose other than business. She told 9News that “I was just shocked and humiliated and mortified that I was even asked to do that. Basically, I said, ‘Well then I’m lying.’ I was, like, ‘I’m not really comfortable with that.'”
What is interesting is that Nottingham received, according to these women, a type of frequent flyer discount by visiting the VIP room over 25 times, he was charged $250 an hour rather than $300. That means that every 12th tryst was on them.
Nottingham was appointed in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush and I was always told by lawyers that he could be highly arrogant and insufferable in court.
In one case, he lectured a CEO about morality, stating “If it is perceived that there is one law for the rich and one law for everyone else, the law ultimately falls into disrespect, The law does not care about your station in life.”
According to these women, however, he did care about what positions you might take in life.
Nottingham would retain his benefits as a judge in resigning, though (if this account stands up) he could potentially face some criminal inquiries.
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