Search Warrants to Be Released in Extortion Case Involving Letterman

Thursday, Oct 15, 2009  |  Updated 8:17 AM PDT
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Letterman Case Warrants Will Be Released

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"48 Hours" producer Robert J. Halderman (inset) pleaded not guilty to grand larceny charges that allege a blackmail "sextortion" attempt on talk show host host David Letterman.

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A Connecticut judge has decided that search warrants in the case of a newsman accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman should be released, except for names of witnesses and "victims by association."

CBS News producer Robert J. "Joe" Halderman has pleaded not guilty to trying to extort $2 million from the late-night TV host in return for keeping some of the comedian's sexual affairs quiet.

Prosecutor Suzanne Vieux filed papers Wednesday arguing that unsealing search warrants could subject witnesses to media scrutiny and hurt the prosecution.

Norwalk Superior Court Judge Bruce Hudok ruled Thursday that the warrants for Halderman's house and car can be released after some information is removed.

The search warrants involve Halderman's house in Norwalk and a 2006 Honda Accord.

The prosecutor also wanted the courtroom closed during a hearing Thursday in Norwalk Superior Court, but that was also denied.

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