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Federal judge 'ashamed' of actions
Strip club outing revealed in divorce
By Rocky Mountain News
Friday, August 10, 2007

U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham's marriage ended after his wife discovered more than $3,000 in receipts from a Denver strip club, 9News reported Thursday.  9News said the information is contained in transcripts it obtained of the divorce proceedings of Nottingham and Marcie Jaeger in Eagle County last month.

Nottingham, the chief federal judge in Colorado, was asked to account for the expenditures.

"I'm ashamed and mortified just telling you that is the Diamond Cabaret . . . a topless establishment," he testified.

Nottingham also said he could not recall how he could have spent so much money at the strip club.

"I had had a lot to drink . . . and I don't remember," he said, according to the transcript.

Nottingham has dominated the news recently for presiding over the trial of former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio, who was convicted of insider trading.

9News legal analyst Scott Robinson, who was shown the transcripts, said Nottingham's actions were "contrary to the code of conduct for federal judges."

"Judge Nottingham had at least one lost night at the Diamond Cabaret, and of course, that goes to the question of whether that is acting with at least the appearance of impropriety," said Robinson.

The transcript also showed that Nottingham was asked about credit card charges for a Web site called, which he called "a dating site -- an Internet dating site."

But Jaeger testified that "it was a porn site," which the judge showed her from the computer in his chambers, according to 9News.

Of a $150 charge he made to, Nottingham said, "I'm embarrassed to be even talking about this.  I think you pay extra to get certain features, such as if you upload a picture or -- I don't even recall.",1299,DRMN_15_5667260,00.html