Letterman extortion case heading to trial


Robert Halderman failed in his attempt to have charges against him thrown out on the grounds that being paid hush money by a celebrity is capitalist, not criminal. So the CBS News producer will go to trial March 9th on charges that he tried to blackmail David Letterman.

Halderman’s lawyer had argued that various women linked to Tiger Woods had been paid to keep quiet and none had been charged with extortion. But the judge didn’t buy it. He also denied motions to toss out evidence gained from search warrants at Halderman’s home, office and in his briefcase.

Halderman faces a potential prison sentence of 5-15 years if he is convicted of trying to blackmail Letterman for $2 million to keep quiet about the CBS “Late Show” host’s affairs with female staffers.