From Extortion to Emmy: Halderman Up for Award

Friday, Jul 16, 2010  |  Updated 3:35 AM PDT
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Robert Halderman looks on as his attorney addresses the media following a hearing for the alleged blackmailing of David Letterman at the New York State Supreme Court on November 10, 2009 in New York City.

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The late-night comedy circuit should have a field day with this one.

The former CBS News producer jailed for trying to blackmail David Letterman is up for an Emmy award.

That's right, Robert "Joe" Halderman was nominated Thursday for a News and Documentary Emmy award for his participation in an April 2009 "48 Hours" story about an American exchange student charged with murder in Italy. He was one of four producers cited for the story.

Halderman began a six-month jail sentence in May for trying to extort money from Letterman in exchange for not revealing the late-night host's office affairs.

The "48 Hours" story is nominated in the category of best continuing coverage of a news story by a newsmagazine. The awards will be presented Sept. 27 in New York.

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