hangs over judge
By Berny Morson
Rocky Mountain News
Thursday, October 23, 2008
A piece of U.S. District Court Judge Edward Nottingham's legal
troubles is still unresolved before a state ethics panel,
despite his resignation from the bench.
Nottingham stepped down Tuesday amid
allegations of judicial misconduct involving a prostitute.
The allegations were being investigated by the 10th Circuit
Court Judicial Council.
A Minnesota man who has tangled
with Nottingham in a federal court case filed the same charges
last April with the state's Attorney Regulation Council, which
investigates ethical complaints against lawyers.
A negative ruling by that panel could be a roadblock if
Nottingham decides to resume practicing law in
Sean Harrington said he made the complaint because the state
panel is supposed to protect the public from bad lawyers.
Nottingham's attorney did not return phone
calls for comment.
John Gleason, who heads the Attorney Regulation Council, said he
can't comment on the substance of the complaint against
but said the case will be investigated like any other complaint.
The panel, which is appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court, can
impose penalties ranging from a letter of reprimand to
The state agency declined to investigate in April when
Harrington filed the case because of the 10th Circuit probe but
did not rule out involvement later.
Harrington already has asked the ARC to take up his complaint.
Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Robert Henry said he would not have a
statement about the case until Nottingham's
resignation takes effect Wednesday.
Harrington, who represented himself in an interstate divorce
proceeding, drew derision from the judge by filing a motion that
was 2,600 pages long.
"It is impossible to follow or make sense of this heap," Nottingham wrote in an order dismissing Harrington's case.