Ex-judge hangs out shingle
By Penny Parker, Columnist
Friday, April 17, 2009
Former Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, the
man who sent ex-Qwest chief Joe Nacchio to the slammer
for six years for illegal insider trading, has hung out his
lawyer's shingle in downtown Denver.
Nottingham has a license in good standing to practice law, but
that license is under scrutiny by the Colorado Attorney
Regulation Counsel after legal blogger Sean Harrington
filed a misconduct complaint about the former judge in December
after Nottingham resigned from
the bench amid controversy.
The alleged sketchy behavior included revelations in documents
from his third divorce that he spent $3,000 at the Diamond
Cabaret strip club; allegations by that ex-wife that Nottingham
surfed adult-dating websites that link to pornography; claims
that he parked in a handicapped spot outside a drug store, then
argued with an outraged woman in a wheelchair who called him on
it; and purported relationships with prostitutes. All of
the above earned him the nickname Judge Naughty.
Nottingham, 60, has set up shop at
600 17th St., specializing in
"alternative dispute resolution, criminal law and litigation,"
according to the Colorado Bar Association website.
The former judge did not return phone calls.
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