Chief federal district judge in Colorado resigns |

Chief federal district judge in Colorado resigns

Berny Morson
Rocky Mountain News
Denver, CO Colorado
Edward Nottingham

DENVER, Colorado ” U.S. District Court Judge Edward Nottingham resigned today amid allegations he asked a prostitute to lie about their relationship.

In a prepared statement released by his attorney’s office, Nottingham said he is “deeply remorseful for his actions.” He said resignation was “in the best interest of all concerned.”

His involvement with strip clubs and prostitutes became public last year during a divorce. Last week, 9News broadcast an interview with a woman who said she was a prostitute and that Nottingham had talked with her about lying to investigators about their relationship. The Rocky and 9News broke the news last week that Nottingham would step down.

The judge’s attorney issued the following statement in his behalf:

“In a letter to President Bush today, Judge Nottingham has resigned his commission as a United States District Judge for the District of Colorado. He has done so because it is in the best interest of all concerned. It is in the public interest and the interest of the federal judiciary because it will terminate his judgeship and begin to restore public confidence in an institution which he profoundly respects. He is deeply remorseful for his actions. He is also embarrassed and ashamed for any loss of confidence caused by those actions and attendant publicity and sincerely apologies to the public and the judiciary.

“Judge Nottingham also believes that the resignation is necessary for him to begin taking the necessary steps to put this matter behind him. Therefore, beyond this statement, neither he nor any of his representatives will have further public comment.”

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