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Letterman, Halderman Lawyers Make Morning Show Rounds

The attorneys for both David Letterman (Daniel Horwitz) and Joe Halderman (Gerald Shargel) appeared together this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Chris Cuomo, CBS’ “The Early Show” with Maggie Rodriguez, and NBC’s “Today” show with Meredith Vieira. Halderman’s first hearing was yesterday.

We can now add “attorneys making opening arguments on network morning shows” to the list of strange things in this case.

The segments are pretty similar, but two points stand out:

• Letterman’s attorney said of his client, “He is absolutely prepared to testify and will answer all questions.”

• Halderman’s attorney says his client is not looking for a plea deal, but is instead looking to get the case dismissed. “If it doesn’t happen,” he said, “The next thing that’s going to happen is a trial.”

> Related: Joe Halderman in Court. Who’s Paying for his Defense?

Joe Halderman in Court. Who’s Paying for his Defense?

“Only one, maybe two” staffers at “48 Hours Mystery” have contributed to the reported $100,000 defense fund for suspended “48″ producer Joe Halderman, says Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of the CBS newsmagazine.

JHalderman_11.10.jpgIn her first public comments since Halderman’s arrest Oct. 1 on charges of attempted grand larceny, Zirinsky said yesterday that the hard-charging producer had raised the bulk of the money “from family and friends, not from people in the shop.”

That was all Zirinsky said. Like everyone at CBS, she is on media lockdown about the case. No mystery there. “Late Show” host David Letterman, the target of Halderman’s alleged $2 million extortion try, is a cash cow for CBS.

Halderman’s attorney, Gerald Shargel, argued in court yesterday that his client is guilty of no crime and that charges should be dropped. Halderman was only trying to sell a screenplay to Letterman, Shargel said, not shake him down about his intra-network sexual liaisons.

Letterman’s attorney, Daniel J. Horwitz, labeled it “classic blackmail,” not a business transaction. Both sides said they would go to trial, if necessary. The judge is expected to rule in January.

Meanwhile, Halderman’s suspension went from paid to unpaid about two weeks ago, CBS sources confirm. Reason? He broke the morals clause in his contract, they say.

While current CBS employees aren’t talking, several alums are, including Marcy McGinnis, who worked with Halderman when she ran the London bureau from 1992 to ’97. She considers him a friend.

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Updates from Inside Halderman Hearing

CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace tweets: “In courtroom for Halderman hearing. Halderman didn’t comment as he entered. A reporter shouted how does it feel to be on other side of mic?” Maybe we’ll be seeing a report about CBS News producer Joe Halderman on the “CBS Evening News” tonight.

We’re posting Wallace’s tweets after the jump.

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Halderman ‘Suspended Without Pay,’ Appearing in Court

Alleged David Letterman blackmailer Joe Halderman is appearing in court today where his attorney is asking a judge to dismiss the extortion case.

The NY Post reports that Halderman, a CBS News producer, is no longer being paid by his network:

CBS has cut off the “48 Hours” producer’s paychecks, changing his status to suspended-without-pay effective two weeks ago, sources told The Post.

It was decided that he had violated the morals clause of his contract, one source explained.

A long-time colleague of Halderman’s, Dr. Bob Arnot, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier today and said, “There will be some jaws that drop on this one.” Clip:

By the way: don’t worry. Your “ripped from the headlines” Law & Order episode is on the way.

Halderman Heads to Court Tomorrow

CBS News producer Joe Halderman will appear in a Manhattan court tomorrow for his first hearing regarding the David Letterman extortion scandal, which came to light just over a month ago.

NY Observer’s Felix Gillette reports that a quick plea agreement, which has financial benefits for Halderman and would save Letterman further embarrassment, is looking unlikely:

Over the weekend, Dr. Bob Arnot, a friend and former colleague of Mr. Halderman, told The Observer that Mr. Halderman is currently planning to try and take the case all the way to trial. In a recent interview with Newsday’s Verne Gay, Mr. Halderman’s attorney Gerald Shargel likewise suggested that no plea agreement is in the works.

The Observer also reports that Halderman has raised $100k dollars for his defense thus far.

‘CBS Evening News’ Investigates CBS News Producer

The New York Post digs deeper into the CBS News investigation into CBS News employee Joe Halderman which was first reported Tuesday in the New York Observer. CBS Evening News investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian, who knows Halderman, is said to be investigating the story.

“How is this good?” asked a “48 Hours” source about the “Evening News” probe. But an “Evening News” source said the probe was spurred by a desire to avoid sitting on the sidelines while other media feast on the scandal. “CBS cannot be seen to be burying its head in the sand,” the source said.

The Post reports Keteyian has already conducted several background interviews “in the news department.”

> Related: Newsday’s Verne Gay: “Will Letterman Leave by next Summer?

CBS News Investigating Halderman

haldermancbs10-14.jpgFelix Gillette reports in the NY Observer that the CBS News investigative unit is following through on claims that it would look into the David Letterman/Joe Halderman saga:

On Oct.3, two days after news broke of the alleged blackmail attempt of David Letterman by 48 Hours producer Joe Halderman, CBS Evening News executive producer Rick Kaplan told The Washington Post that the network would be reporting the story as though it were a scandal in the Commerce Committee. Afterward, TV news veterans were skeptical. But, according to The Observer’s sources, [Armen] Keteyian and his team of producers are actively investigating the love triangle gone horribly awry between the CBS Late Show host; his former employee Stephanie Birkitt; and the suspended-with-pay Mr. Halderman.

Former CBS News correspondent Dr. Bob Arnot told the Observer, “From having talked to some friends there, who are pretty highly placed, they really want to hit this story hard, like any other journalistic story.”

A CBS spokesperson declined to comment to TVNewser on the report.

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Letterman Blackmailed: Joe Halderman Speaks: ‘I’m Not Trying to Hide or Run.’

JHalderman_10.8.jpgFor the first time since his arrest a week ago on charges he tried to extort $2 million from David Letterman, CBS News producer Joe Halderman is talking, though he’s not saying much.

FOX 5 WNYW caught up Halderman at his Norwalk, CT home earlier today. “I can’t make any comment and I understand you’re just trying to do your job,” said Halderman, who knows that job well. “There’s nothing I can say. I hope you have a very nice day. I’m not trying to hide or run, but there’s nothing I can say,” Halderman told reporter Christine Persichetti,

Meanwhile, the NYTimes’ Bill Carter reveals it was Halderman’s co-workers who bailed him out of jail last Friday.

In another sign of how much support Mr. Halderman still commands inside CBS, two of his current co-workers, Andy Soto and Marc Goldbaum, posted the bond for Mr. Halderman’s bail. Neither man would comment Wednesday, but Mr. Halderman’s lawyer, Gerald L. Shargel, confirmed that the men had posted the bond.

CBS News continues to decline comment on other questions about Halderman, who remains suspended with pay, but Carter writes the network is denying a report that it is conducting an internal investigation of Halderman.

The network said it had initiated no such investigation on its own and was only cooperating with the authorities who were pursuing the case.

McGinnis_10.7.jpgMarcy McGinnis, who spent 35 years at CBS News, departing in 2005, was Halderman’s boss in the CBS News London bureau. “Joe went to every nasty place there was,” McGinnis tells Carter. After hearing the news of the killing of 16 children at a school in Scotland in 1996, he told her: “Just let me grab a bag and I’m there.” As for his way with women co-workers, McGinnis says Halderman was “a flirty guy,” adding, “I was his boss, of course, but he never put the moves on me.”

Letterman Blackmailed: Did a ’48 Hours’ Mystery Inspire Halderman?

Gawker has a theory that alleged David Letterman extortionist Robert “Joe” Halderman got the idea for the plot after working on a specific story for CBS’ “48 Hours” where he was a producer:

The story originally aired in February, but the August re-broadcast was updated with new reporting based on developments in the case. It’s a run-of-the-mill true-crime tale of murder and deception, but it features one detail that seems strange in retrospect: The sister of one of the victims, who never got her brother’s remains from the Philippines after his murder, at one point received creepy anonymous e-mails from someone claiming to have her brother’s ashes, and offering to sell them to her.

Gawker found it while researching other old stories Halderman produced looking for signs of unscrupulousness. They haven’t come across any thus far.

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