"With Letterman's lawyers the second meeting was the 23rd at the Essex House, the last two meetings were recorded. The September 30 meeting Letterman's Lawyer turned over the check for 2 million dollars and he deposited the check the next morning in Connecticut and was arrested. No he was not present in any of those meetings. The message of this case is that New York will not tolerate the coercion or extortion of anyone be a victim rich or poor, famous or anonymous. The law prohibits conduct like the defendant and attaches severe penalties to it. We intend to enforce the law.

New York City DA, Robert Morgenthau comments on the David Letterman case where Robert "Joe" Halderman tried to extort him so that he wouldn't reveal affairs he had with people he worked with.