Michael Hancock: Prostitution-ring case taken over by feds as Denver cops get some distance

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At this point, Denver Police Department reps aren't saying why they handed over the Denver Players prostitution investigation to the feds. But no need to exhume Nostradamus to figure it out.

After all, there are approximately a gazillion reasons why the DPD would want to put an inquiry that touches on mayor-elect Michael Hancock at arm's length...

What with the department under heavy scrutiny due to a slew of police brutality cases, including those pertaining to Michael DeHerrera and Alexander Landau, Chief Gerald Whitman's job is hanging by a thread -- and aggressively pursuing Hancock would be the equivalent of handing him a pair of scissors.

And then there's the fact that the principal figures in the case, former owners Scottie Ewing and Brenda Stewart, are already deep into the judicial pipeline. Ewing is currently serving six months home detention on a single count of tax evasion -- the same crime to which Stewart has pleaded guilty. When she's sentenced in November, expect her punishment to be in a similar range.

That means the only wrists left to slap are attached to potential johns like Hancock. And as DPD spokesman Matt Murray implies in the 7News item linked above, it doesn't make sense to expend lotsa police resources on what amount to petty offenses.

If Hancock used Denver Players -- which he energetically denies -- the possible damage is much greater politically than criminally, if only because proof that he lied would cast him in the Anthony Weiner role.

Meanwhile, the Denver Post continues to publish behind-the-scenes pieces to explain why it was so late to the party on the Hancock story. Today, it's columnist Mike Littwin's turn -- not that he headed up the effort. As he explains, his involvement mainly consisted of driving colleague Chuck Plunkett to a meeting with Ewing in an office featuring the sign "You MUST have clothing on when exiting this room." Classy.

Littwin pretty much acknowledges that the Post's main info against Hancock involved Ewing's records, which didn't feature any dates, among other issues -- and that the paper went forward with its reporting due to the mayor-elect reneging on a promise to provide "unfettered" records to prove his innocence, and not due to corroborating testimony from smoking prostitutes like the ones KHOW's Peter Boyles -- who Littwin dubs a "know-nothing morning radio personality" -- keeps referencing on the air.

Given these and many other factors, the DPD's decision to let the feds take charge of the inquiry makes perfect sense, albeit due to factors the department is unlikely to admit.

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Scottie Ewing-Michael Hancock link, election day break-in & the swing king's tangled past."

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Kay Sieverding
Kay Sieverding

The Department of Interior reports about the MineralsManagement Service misconduct in DENVER specifically mentioned prostitutes. ANDthe Department of Interior dated the misconduct between 2002 and 2006, when theDenver Players brothel was in operation. Therefore the public should be able to find out if there was involvementbetween the Denver Players brothel and the Minerals Management Service.

Kay Sieverding
Kay Sieverding

I am on DOJ's email list. They have prosecuted lots of government corruption cases in other states but none in Colorado. They brought in a new head to the FBI  in Colorado too. So I am hoping they will make a big government corruption bust.  I'm hoping this involves the parties who had me put in jail by former judge Nottingham without my being charged with a federal offense or getting the required arraignment, bail hearing, speedy trial notice etc.

I THINK what happened is that I had a valid First Amendment Retaliation Claim against the City of Steamboat Springs which should have been paid by Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency which sold them errors and omissions with a 10 K deductible. At the same time I was asking why CIRSA wasn't incorporated and why it wasn't paying income tax. But I THINK state authorities weren't investigating CIRSA because I THINK CIRSA was serving as a source of slush funds and payoffs for years and years. I THINK CIRSA associates paid the Denver Players for Nottingham's prostitutes and that's why Nottingham put me in jail --  to stop me from exposing what was going on with CIRSA.

Ray Denonville
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It's been about four years since the F.B.I's Denver Chief took over from Chicago F.B.I. having prosecuted several aldermen there; I think his name is Davis; their address is 1960 Stout St. I am not aware of any prosecutions in Denver or Colorado I think because Patrick Fitzgerald was appointed Special prosecutor by the State Assembly of Illinois.

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Currently James F. Yacone is the FBI agent in charge of Colorado.  He was assigned March 28.  Mr. Yacone was first assigned to the Philadelphia Division, where he investigated violent drug trafficking organizations, organized crime, and financial institution fraud.In 2005 I investigated Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency.  I got their audited financial statements from the Colorado Division of Insurance. I looked at their income statement and their sources and uses of funds statement and found that there was no listing for income tax.  I looked up on all the data bases I could find. I found that the Colorado Secretary of State has no record of them and says that the name is "available" for another business. They aren't listed as a local government. I tried to sue them in the City and County of Denver. The case number was 05-cv-5485. The assistant state A.G., Christine K. Wilkinson, wrote “the State has no control over CIRSA"..."CIRSA is not an arm of the State".   So I got an idea that I could get a whistle blower tax fee from CIRSA. The old financial statements I have show that they had $12 M in cash and cash equivalents.  If a taxpayer owes more than a certain amount you can get a whistle blower fee for turning them in.

Their lawyer David Brougham told me that I was getting people p.o.'d by asking questions re CISA and then two weeks later Nottingham ordered me imprisoned after Brougham requested it.  There is a transcript of that on Pacer that anyone can get for $2.40.  It is case 02-cv-1950 document 884.

Just recently I wrote again to CIRSA and asked for their income tax statement or form 990 non profit statement. 990's are supposed to be public. Guidestar.org publishes them but not CIRSA's. I wrote to CIRSA by priority mail  9405 5036 9930 0087 1047 37 but they didn't respond and it has been over a month.  So I wrote to James F. Yacone and asked him to investigate.

I have a letter from Peg Brown in the Colorado Division of Insurance saying they have no record of CIRSA paying income tax.  CIRSA has been operating for about 30 years.

Light Rail Tattler
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United States District Court Judge Nottingham signed a credit card invoice for $3,000.00 in a Texas Mafia Strip Club. Personally I believe the judge was where he didn't belong and with the amount of Coke and Meth distributed through that club, he was drugged with roofies and signed a blank credit card that was filled in by Texas Mafia staff. If the Club had been busted on federal drug charges, the accused would have appeared before Judge Nottingham.  My information about narcotics and a V.I.P. room come from cell-mates at the Denver City Jail. My knowledge about the Texas Mafia comes from my employment working for the mafia, strippers, owners of the Texas Mafia and the street.

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P.S. Another reason that I don't believe that Nottingham was drugged with roofies at the Diamond Cabaret is that I think the US Marshals were there with him guarding him and wouldn't let anyone put anything in his drink. He said he was really drunk but there was absolutely no discussion about DUI, I think because the Marshals were driving.

Kay Sieverding
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The Roofies is a theory I hadn't thought of. 

Former Judge Nottingham was at the Diamond Cabaret on Monday 9/5/05.  I paid special attention to this because on Friday 9/2/05 he ordered me imprisoned without a criminal charge and without a bail hearing because I had filed something in a different federal court.  In court the lawyer said that Kevin Bennett had just come down from Steamboat. He was a convicted drug dealer who I had sued. So my theory was that Bennett brought a credit card for Nottingham to use and that the reason he charged his AMEX card on Monday was that he had already maxed out the credit card. I figured that the reason they spent so much money is that they were charging for services by prostitutes not just lap dances and that they were charging for more than one person.  

According to AP they interviewed the management of the Diamond Cabaret, a Mr. Frankell, and he said that Nottingham was a repeat customer, but his wife only found the one charge.

I figured that they were just doing business at the club and that Nottingham was taking payoffs in general to fix cases. IF he was taking payments in general to fix cases then a strip club or brothel would be a good place to do it, because no honest witnesses would be there.

I do think it is possible that if the Diamond Cabaret had been busted that they would have arranged to go to Nottingham and that the reason that the Denver Players didn't go to Nottingham is that he had already resigned. 

My theory is that Nottingham was doing plain old cocaine, not rock, just powder. The reason I thought that is that when I was at MIT in 1971 and following I was told that a lot of Harvard students were doing cocaine. That was the same time frame that Nottingham was going to U of Denver -- not as hard to get into as Harvard but equally expensive. Plus Nottingham was skinny.

The reason that I believe that federal courts didn't assign randomly is that in the verified attorney bills in my case billed to Underwriters at Lloyds London they itemized case assignment issues and sent a fax about it and then after that my case was reassigned to Nottingham.

My theory is that the insurance companies pay protection to the court clerks and the court clerks send the cases to be fixed to judges who will go along.  Of course, I could be wrong and overly paranoid and suspicious but I don't understand why there is so much secrecy about how cases are assigned in federal court.  I think they should assign them by drawing straws in the lobby.

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I was filing everything on 8.5 by 11 paper in 12 point font with the proper margins. Some of my documents weren't docketed though. I was sending them to the court by FEDEX mostly so I had signatures of receipt.

I don't have a criminal record. I graduated from MIT with a bachelors and masters degree in city planning in 1977. My maiden name was Kay Anderson but I've been going by my married name Kay Sieverding since 1982. I published "Municipal Securities Regulation: A Public Perspective" ISBN # 0-916450-18-X. 

My husband and I moved to Steamboat Springs in 1991. My husband grew up in Steamboat. His father owned the El Rancho cafe in the 50's, 60's and 70's and my husband graduated from Steamboat High School.  We bought a big house at the corner of Princeton and Pahwintah.  It is currently owned by Cari Hermacinski who is the president of the city council. My old house is currently for sale for $1.4 Million. She remodeled it. 

We had a long boundary dispute with Kevin and Jane Bennett who lived and still live at 701 Princeton Ave.  Part of that involved a building they built in 2000 at the end of Princeton Ave. It is a two story building and according to the building permit is over 2000 square feet. It only parks two vehicles.  There are rooms behind the garage.  According to the permit it has heating and plumbing.  Bennett claimed in a city council meeting that it was only a garage. The city planning services director claimed in court that it was a garage. The city manager sent me a letter saying it was a garage and saying that he refused to have the planning department compare its size to the regulations. If it was not a garage then it violated the zoning because the non garage portion of the building is 1200 square feet and the code only allowed "accessory space" in a detached building to be 10% of the primary dwelling, which would have been about 250 square feet. The property tax rolls show the space as being attached, but it isn't attached. 

Bennett's wife called the police and told them that I had yelled that she was violating the zoning while I was standing on the street adjoining my home in the middle of the afternoon.  Then she went back to the station and insisted on signing a criminal summons and complaint accusing me of stalking her. That form can only be signed by a police officer, not by a regular citizen, and even the police can only sign it if they actually witness a crime. Based on that with no written statement of probable cause and without a warrant or probable cause hearing, I was criminally prosecuted. The prosecutor was married to a real estate speculator and he got a provisional permit for a new ski area which they tried to sell for $20 Million, about 7 times what they paid. The prosecutor, Elizabeth Wittemyer, kept the charges open for 6 months and then told the press that Jane Bennett was my victim but a trial was too expensive. That is what they call First Amendment Retaliation in a non employment context see the Supreme Court decision Hartmann v. Moore.  

Bennetts were hassling me and my family for years. That was just a part of it. 

Jane Bennett said under oath that I hadn't been following her around town and the last time I had called her was years before. I called her that once because UPS delivered a package for her to our house by mistake. She said under oath in an ex parte hearing that I had been trespassing on her property and all her workers were afraid of me. Then when there was a follow up hearing and she brought her workers in none of them said that they had ever seen me on her property. One said that he had worked on her construction for 100 days and during that time he had seen me gardening and coming and going from my own house and that was all. One of Bennetts' workers said that I was afraid he or they would give drugs to my kids. I was afraid of that, they were 10 and 14. I had heard then that Bennett was dealing drugs but I don't know the details. However in 2009 he admitted that he had previously pled guilty and served time for conspiracy to sell hash oil.  I think that should have been disclosed when he was president of the city council and controlled police budgets and promotions. I had heard from more than one person that the Steamboat police were selling drug evidence. It seemed that they were busting poor people but not rich people. 

I don't believe that the Diamond Cabaret drugged Nottingham with "roofies". According to AP, Nottingham was a regular customer at the Diamond Cabaret known to the staff. Even if they drugged other people they wouldn't have drugged someone so important. 

I suspect that Nottingham was a cocaine user but I have no proof; it is just consistent with what I do know about him.  Nottingham has a current law practice in Colorado where he offers to ghost write documents and give secret advice to lawyers. He hasn't contacted me to say that anything I have "blogged" about him is incorrect at all and he admitted in court that he knew I was blogging about him.

I think Nottingham's image as a judge that lawyers were afraid of was cultivated.  I think he was a judge who took payoffs. I think he cultivated an image of being strict to cover up for his breaking the law.  I think he dismissed my case without writing an opinion and ordered me to pay law firms $100K + with no Rule 11(c)(6) orders because he was paid off.  I think the pay off had something to do with the Denver Players and suspect that lawyers associated with my case and /or CIRSA put up a credit card number for Nottingham to use at the Denver Players. That's why I am following this story.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

I wish I knew something about you or your case. I filed quite a few cases with U.S.D.C. as a runner. Nottingham's Clerk was very strict. Cases had to be filed on time, proper form and paper size for Federal Court or the Clerk would send you back to the law firm. Lawyers hate his guts and that's why I think he is honest. I think the reverse of Denver County Court Judges, they are for the most part corrupt. The D.A. has long known La Boheme another Texas Mafia strip club to be a clip joint. By clip joint I mean they drug you and rob you. I really think Nottingham was drugged. The owners of La Boheme own Metro Taxi. Bobby Rifkin and Manny Isler opened Diamond Caberet. PT's, Shotgun Willies, Centerfold and Penthouse are all owned by the Texas Mafia and are major distributors of narcotics.

Cornholed
Cornholed

Geez Mike, you've got more conspiracies about this then an island inhabited by Elvis, JFK and Michael Jackson.  But the one thing you and the media don't have is proof of wrongdoing.  But that doesn't stop you does it?  Remind me where someone goes to get their reputation back? 

Billyboy
Billyboy

Proof of wrongdoing?  Well, help us out Mike, Geezzzzzzzzzzzzz or is it Jiz?  In any event it's certainly not honesty.  Mr. Hancock could end this in one hour if he told the truth.  He hasn't, he won't and thanfully the city will be better off.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

You make a strong point, Cornholed. Thanks for posting.

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