Judge Refuses to Dismiss Letterman Extortion Case

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The CBS producer who is accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman lost another battle in court.

A judge Tuesday refused to dismiss the criminal case against Robert Halderman, who allegedly attempted to extort $2 million dollars from the talk show host in October with incriminating details about his affairs with female staffers.

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Halderman had asked the judge to dismiss the case back in November. His lawyer had said it was just a "hard-driven" business deal to sell rights to a screenplay inspired by Letterman's sexually-charged workplace.

New York City Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon ruled against Halderman's bid, adding that his conduct "is a classic example of an issue that is best left for a trial jury to decide."

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Halderman, 52, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He and his lawyer declined to comment outside court.

His next court date is March 9.