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Judge: Too drunk to remember night at strip club
WSTP-TV, Tampa Bay ^ | 8/10/2007 | Amy Herdy

Posted on 08/11/2007 8:22:23 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Denver -- Court documents show Colorado's top federal judge was too drunk to remember how he spent more than $3,000 at a strip club in two consecutive days.

He also used an Internet dating service while he was married.

Judge Edward Nottingham is the chief federal judge in Colorado and he is held to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Nottingham recently presided over the insider trading trial of ex-Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio.

Nottingham married his wife, Marcie Jaeger, on one of the most romantic days of the year – Valentine's Day 2004. The marriage ended after Jaeger found credit card charges from a strip club in downtown Denver totaling more than $3,000 in two consecutive days.

In the couple's divorce case in Eagle County district court last month, Nottingham was questioned about the credit card charges.

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

Asked how he could have spent so much money, Nottingham testified he could not recall, explaining, "I had had a lot to drink … and I don't remember."

Our partners at KUSA 9NEWS showed the transcripts to 9NEWS Legal Analyst Scott Robinson.

"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," Robinson said, "contrary to the code of conduct for federal judges."

Nottingham also testified about credit card charges for a Web site called IPayFriendFinder.com.

Jaeger testified that she originally thought it was a dating service.

"When I asked about the dating service he turned around in his chambers and he hit his computer and he told me all about the dating service," Jaeger said in court. "It was a porn site."

During his testimony, Nottingham called Friend Finder, "A dating site – an Internet dating site."

When asked in court about a $150 charge to IPayFriendFinder.com, 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."

Under the U.S. Constitution, federal judges are appointed for life by the president of the United States. They are supposed to follow an official code of conduct, which contains this explanation:

"Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges. A judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety. A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny. A judge must therefore accept restrictions that might be viewed as burdensome by the ordinary citizen and should do so freely and willingly. The prohibition against behaving with impropriety or the appearance of impropriety applies to both the professional and personal conduct of a judge."

According to Robinson, as a federal judge Nottingham can be removed from the bench only for high crimes, misdemeanors, treason or bribery.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: alcohol; alcoholism; chieffederaljudge; colorado; dumbass; federaljudge; judge; judgenottingham; nottingham; takeitalloff; takeitoff
Way to go, sporto.
1 posted on 08/11/2007 8:22:26 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

The most average man on the street is better than the men at the top.


2 posted on 08/11/2007 8:27:43 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
this ain't going away- placed on bench by Bush 41
3 posted on 08/11/2007 8:29:16 AM PDT by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

The good judge was an appointee of GHW Bush.

Here’s the URL for further info on his “off the bench” activities.
(WARNING: Adult topics)

http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_6598184

While the judge could be more discrete, it sounds like some of the press
he’s getting slammed after some high-profile cases.


4 posted on 08/11/2007 8:31:12 AM PDT by VOA
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
The most average man on the street is better than the men at the top.

Particularly in government, where rising to the top often has little to do with merit.

5 posted on 08/11/2007 8:32:34 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

I’ve known of several federal judges who had serious drinking problems. One, in Houston, was a familiar figure on the street trying to get back to the courthouse after drinking lunch. He couldn’t hold court in the afternoon. Another, quite a few years ago was drunk out of his mind when he drove the wrong way on a street and killed someone. After a little press coverage it disappeared and nothing happened to him. There should be a judicial standards board made up of people with no connection to the legal profession or government office.


6 posted on 08/11/2007 8:34:04 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: Mr. Jeeves

[E]lections amount to no more than choosing between the scum that floats to the top of the barrel and the dregs that settle to the bottom.
- L. Neil Smith


7 posted on 08/11/2007 8:37:47 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Asked how he could have spent so much money, Nottingham testified...

He was just making a donation to the local single mothers group, very charitable of him I would say.

8 posted on 08/11/2007 8:41:42 AM PDT by txroadhawg ("To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; AnAmericanMother; aculeus; Larry Lucido; Billthedrill; Constitution Day; ...

We’ve all heard the old and somewhat puzzling expression, “sober as a judge.”


9 posted on 08/11/2007 8:42:28 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Potential AIDS candidate.


10 posted on 08/11/2007 8:43:09 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Anyone remember the "Penis Pump Judge"?
11 posted on 08/11/2007 8:48:37 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: All

FR should have a separate category for drunken govt. officials.


12 posted on 08/11/2007 8:48:47 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

This guy is headed for complete and total disaster.


13 posted on 08/11/2007 8:51:06 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dighton
Oh c’mon. This is all so simple. He’s a JUDGE! He was giving ratings to the talent at the strip club. All in the line of duty. In fact, he is a secret FReeper, and he could be heard yelling “not guilty” throughout the night.
14 posted on 08/11/2007 8:51:11 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: martin_fierro
And don't forget Judge McFalls, the judge whose pants mysteriously fall down when he's drinking.
15 posted on 08/11/2007 8:58:35 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

How much does 3000 buy at a stripjoint anyway?


16 posted on 08/11/2007 9:01:06 AM PDT by John Will
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Three grand and he can’t remember what he got for it.

Hope somebody was taking pictures for his scrap book.

17 posted on 08/11/2007 9:01:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: John Will

Is this th4e saem place? http://www.diamondscabaret.com/


18 posted on 08/11/2007 9:02:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Enterprise; martin_fierro; All
In fact, he is a secret FReeper, and he could be heard yelling “not guilty” throughout the night.

“Not guilty” didn’t sink in right away, though it certainly should have. I blame this.

19 posted on 08/11/2007 9:05:42 AM PDT by dighton
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To: John Will
How much does 3000 buy at a stripjoint anyway?

It's likely that the skank whores and bartenders just kept hitting his credit card knowing that he was too drunk to care.

20 posted on 08/11/2007 9:10:11 AM PDT by bikerMD (Beware, the light at the end of the tunnel may be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Enterprise; dighton

Guilty.

21 posted on 08/11/2007 9:10:51 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: bikerMD

BINGO!


22 posted on 08/11/2007 9:12:51 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: bikerMD

Bet you’re right. If he was that loaded, how would he go after them later? There’s no way. All the club manager has to do is say that he got the private super-duper $500 personalized lap dance treatment a few times and was buying a lot of drinks for himself and others. And when a guy starts throwing $5 and $10 bills at the dancers, the money goes fast.


23 posted on 08/11/2007 9:28:59 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like a real class establishment, the kind of place where NFL and NBA players get shot in the parking lot at 2 AM.


24 posted on 08/11/2007 9:30:37 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

There is a serious management problem at this club. Everyone should know that a charge to a place like the “Diamond Cabaret” should show-up as “Luigi’s Bistro.” People have expense accounts.


25 posted on 08/11/2007 9:33:27 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Only three grand? Piker.


26 posted on 08/11/2007 9:33:57 AM PDT by RichInOC ("There is no sex in the champagne room. Oh, there's champagne, but you don't want champagne...")
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
But I bet they remember what they got for their money.

;^)

27 posted on 08/11/2007 9:38:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
s this the same place?

Yes it is. I've been there once or twice for bachelor parties.

This place and Shotgun Willy's are where the creme of the crop of Denver's strippers go to work. It would be very easy to spend $1500 a night there. The girls who work there usually leave with that much in earnings per evening. Not uncommon to find Denver's professional athletes drinking $10 bottles of Coors Light while dropping $20 bills on the tables.

It is also a topless-only bar and the dancers have to wear 2 G-strings (in case one slips). Any touching or "friction" during a lap dance will have your ass thrown outside on the sidewalk in seconds flat.

It has been more than a decade before I walked through those doors. At the time, admission was $20 and you had to wear a collared shirt. Back then, they wouldn't hire girls with tattoos. From their web page, it looks like that policy has been rescinded.

28 posted on 08/11/2007 9:50:53 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges

Actually my confidence in the judiciary has nothing to do with how they choose to spend their off duty hours. It is their inability to dispense justice, at all, much less expeditiously, during their on duty hours.

29 posted on 08/11/2007 9:50:59 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: John Will
How much does 3000 buy at a stripjoint anyway?

At the lower-class joints, $3000 will get you ten strippers coming back to your hotel room at the end of their shifts.

At the Diamond Cabaret, $3000 might get you a kiss on the cheek.

30 posted on 08/11/2007 9:55:05 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: martin_fierro
Guilty

You're not kidding!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

31 posted on 08/11/2007 9:56:04 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

ahhh, what a great 2 nights it must have been though. too bad its not on video.


32 posted on 08/11/2007 10:03:44 AM PDT by isom35
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To: Mr. Jeeves

The increasing number of vice addicts among the ‘leadership’ is not a good sign.


33 posted on 08/11/2007 10:06:31 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Must have taken the same drinking course teddy the swimmer took years ago.


34 posted on 08/11/2007 10:18:37 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The measure of a country is not how many people are wanting to come in, but how many want to leave.)
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To: BenLurkin

Doubtful, as the link is to a club in OH, not Denver.


35 posted on 08/11/2007 10:26:44 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Nottingham recently presided over the insider trading trial of ex-Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio.

Seems a mite hypocritical.

36 posted on 08/11/2007 10:43:36 AM PDT by ikka
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To: RichInOC
Only three grand? Piker.

Once that first Ben Franklin slips through my fingers, I remember EVERYTHING!

37 posted on 08/11/2007 10:45:13 AM PDT by Libloather (That's just what I need - some two-bit, washed up, loser politician giving me weather forecasts...)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

My kind of party, especially if it’s somebody else’s money I’m burning.


38 posted on 08/11/2007 10:49:24 AM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Diamond Cabaret, in violation of State liquor laws, continued to serve an inebriated customer.

The Dept. of Revenue should investigate.

.

39 posted on 08/11/2007 10:54:36 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Particularly in government, where rising to the top often has little to do with merit.

Sounds more like pond scum.
40 posted on 08/11/2007 11:00:35 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: 1rudeboy

No doubt. At least give it a name like “XYZ Office Supplies” or “Superior Electronics” so that an auditor would be more likely to think that the charge was for new cell phones and palm pilots for the office.


41 posted on 08/11/2007 1:11:04 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: Drew68

Yup. People wonder how NFL players can drop $10,000 a month at strip clubs. At places like this, the cash grows wings and flies out of their pockets after a few drinks (and whatever other adult consumables that are available to ballplayers, judges, and other VIPs).


42 posted on 08/11/2007 1:15:43 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Asked how he could have spent so much money, Nottingham testified he could not recall, explaining, "I had had a lot to drink … and I don't remember."

Did they ask him if he drove home? Of course the Federal judge probably wouldn't recall that either.

43 posted on 08/11/2007 1:23:03 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Too drunk to remember?? I know from experience that that excuse does not work.


44 posted on 08/11/2007 1:28:23 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Alcoholism is a hell of a thing. One usually needs to hit bottom to start recovery. Hope this judge is there.


45 posted on 08/11/2007 1:34:32 PM PDT by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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