"There was no extortion. There was a screenplay for sale," Gerald Shargel, Robert J. Halderman's attorney, said in a statement outside of the courtroom. "There was a commercial transaction. Nothing more."
Despite Shargel asking that the case be dismissed, Letterman's lawyer is not backing down. "It's classic blackmail, no matter how Mr. Halderman's lawyer wants to dress it up," Daniel Horwitz told the AP.
Halderman, 51, pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree grand larceny.