NORWALK, Conn. — A Connecticut prosecutor requested Wednesday that search warrants continue to be kept under wraps in the case of a newsman accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman.
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 in Norwalk Superior Court arguing that unsealing search warrants could subject witnesses to media scrutiny and hurt the prosecution.
By releasing evidence in an extortion case, victims may be less willing to cooperate with authorities, she said.
The search warrants involve Halderman's house in Norwalk and a 2006 Honda Accord.