Scottie Ewing details computer theft, media interest in Michael Hancock-Denver Players link

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Scottie Ewing.
Swing-club king Scottie Ewing has become a central figure in alleged links between newly elected mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham. When the Denver Post reported that a computer and files were stolen from his home on election day, he offered no comment. But he's done so now, by way of ripping Westword's coverage of the incident.

As noted in our June 8 post "Scottie Ewing-Michael Hancock link, election day break-in & the swing king's tangled past," Ewing, who's serving a six-month home detention sentence for tax evasion in relation to Denver Players, isn't exactly a big fan of this publication.

Back in 2006, he and his lawyer, Michael Andre, met with reporter Jared Jacang Maher and editor Patricia Calhoun in an unsuccessful effort to prevent the feature article "Swap Talk" from being published. (Andre committed suicide the following year after an eight-hour swat team standoff in Cherry Creek.) Ewing later told Maher, "You have no clue how close I was to having you put in the fucking hospital."

No such threats cropped up in an e-mail to Calhoun, but he did have strong words for yesterday's item, which incorrectly implied that his computer contained Denver Players records. Instead, he maintains that those records were in a box of documents that was also swiped. He takes us to task for not making the distinction before adding details about media interest in the material, first reported by Complete Colorado last Thursday.

Here's his note:

Read your story; as expected, lazy, incomplete and inaccurate reporting by Westword. The computer that was stolen was my personal computer and had nothing sensitive about the business I sold half a decade ago, those hard drives are long gone. Only personal things like family photos and random work files were on that computer, nothing of use to anyone. The stolen item of importance was the box of the original documents that every media outlet saw with their own eyes and already had limited video and still photos of. I mentioned to Peter Boyles that the documents weren't in my possession anymore because I was sick of interviews and showing them. EVERY reporter in Denver wanted copies or the ability to take them for a day and look through them, which I declined due to the sensitive nature of what they contain. Reporters were merely allowed to review them in my presence. They were in my home office in a closet with other personal documents which were also ransacked.

Great job of reporting inaccurate second hand information. It's why the Westword has to rely on Medical Marijuana and adult ads to survive. I speculate without that revenue, you guys would be struggling or out of business. And since you publish everything I say, "Hi mom!" ;-)

In a subsequent note, Ewing added that a reporter first began working on a story based on the records last November -- and 7News has confirmed that it's got video of files now said to be gone. It'll be fascinating to see what, if anything, these organizations do with the material. As for Ewing, he writes, "I'm done with this."

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Brenda Stewart, who fronted prostiution ring linked to Michael Hancock, cops a plea."


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9 comments
Jef Otte
Jef Otte

A little credit where credit's due, Michael Roberts. Jared's not the only Westword staffer upon whom Scottie Ewing has vowed to inflict bodily harm. I had a very pleasant conversation with him back in March or so.

Kay Sieverding
Kay Sieverding

Wouldn't DOJ have the records anyway?  How would DOJ have been able to charge Ewing and Brenda Stewart with income tax evasion if they didn't have records about the business?

Now that Brenda Stewart has pled guilty there is no reason why the records should be sealed. They can redact the credit card numbers. They should be available from DOJ under FOIA if not from PACER. There is a federal court case citation that says that court records become agency records when they are received by an agency. I'll look it up and paste it later.

ABJ
ABJ

Can I repost my previous comment about someone throwing a nickel down a sewer in Utah, so Scottie will chase after it? Why does word of a convicted criminal have credibility? How hard is it to fact a document, then suddenly the computer it was on disappears before those documents can actually be verified? Hmmmmmm.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting point. Thanks for the post, kaysieverding.

JustAnObserver
JustAnObserver

Ummm, maybe you didn't read properly; "7News has confirmed that it's got video of files", And it's safe to assume 9 News had the same access since it was their story. It's pretty obvious based on reporting alone, that the documents were indeed documented. It's prudent to ask the media why they haven't run the story.

ABJ
ABJ

Scottie makes a lot of big threats he doesn't have the balls to follow through on, it would appear. I will change my view of him, if he punches out just one Westword reporter. I pick Michael, but I'm not a hard ass on that point. C'mon,. Scottie, prove you're as tough with men as you are with your hookers.

ABJ
ABJ

Ummmm, can the videotaped ink be dated to see when a record was created? Seems Scottie has taken pains to make sure that doesn't happen. What you want to be some journalist asked to do that, and he said no? Did I miss exactly what his motivation for this media circus is? Did he find Jesus and now wants to confess his crimes and the crimes of others? I kind of doubt that, don't you? If the media hasn't considered all this, then they're pretty stupid or grossly negligent, which probably why they're tiptoeing through this story, given the source and all the red flags.

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