Joe Halderman, Letterman Extortionist, Nominated For An Emmy

The list of nominees for the News and Documentary Emmys was released on Thursday, and one name is sure to raise eyebrows: David Letterman's blackmailer Joe Halderman.

Halderman, who is currently serving a 6-month jail sentence for attempting to extort money from Letterman, is among the nominees for an episode of CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" called "American Girl, Italian Nightmare," about the case of Amanda Knox.

Halderman was a producer for "48 Hours" when he was busted in the Letterman plot. The extortion attempt forced Letterman to disclose his infidelity, allegedly with an employee, Stephanie Birkitt, who had dated Halderman.

Below is the applicable part of the official Emmy press release:

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