Judge's ex-wife told not to talk
FBI wants silence on his alleged visits to site with porn links
By Fernando Quintero
Rocky Mountain News
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
VAIL - The ex-wife of the federal judge who presided over the
high-profile trial of former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio said Monday
the FBI told her to no longer comment about his possible use of
his federal computer to access a Web site with links to porn.
The allegation against U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham
came just days after the judge's visits to a Denver strip club
were made public when a local TV station reported it had
obtained transcripts of his divorce proceedings.
Marcie Jaeger, who divorced Nottingham in July, denied that she
turned her divorce files over to the station, as reported. She
also denied ever talking with Denver police about Nottingham, as
was also reported Sunday.
"I didn't talk to them. I didn't turn anything over to them,"
said Jaeger as she was leaving her large mountainside home near
Vail to play golf and celebrate her birthday.
9News reported Thursday that divorce transcripts showed
Nottingham had spent $3,000 at the Diamond Cabaret, a topless
club. He issued a statement Friday that the allegations were
"private and personal matters involving human frailties and
The station quoted from transcripts of the divorce proceedings,
in which Nottingham said he was "ashamed and mortified" to admit
the expenditures at the strip club and said he couldn't remember
details of his two visits because he had had too much to drink.
9News reported that Nottingham admitted spending $150 on what he
called an "Internet dating site." The station identified the
Web site as -ipayfriendfinder.com, which offers links to
pornography, dating and other services.
"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. It was a porn site," Jaeger said in court,
according to the station's report.
She gave a similar account in an interview with 9News broadcast
The station reported that the FBI had questioned Jaeger about
the possible improper use of his work computer. The FBI has
declined to comment.
In June, an Eagle County district judge ordered the couple's
divorce proceedings sealed from the public. Nottingham
requested the file be sealed, according to the order, and Jaeger
did not object.
Federal judges, who are appointed for life terms, are expected
to follow a judicial code of conduct. It reads in part: "A
judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety."