By Ken Tucker
Updated March 10, 2010 at 01:52 PM EST
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David Letterman talked during last night’s Late Show about the victory he won in the extortion plot against him.

After his nightly Top Ten list, Letterman addressed the case that ended yesterday when CBS News producer Robert “Joe” Halderman pleaded guilty.

“I need to talk to you about a segment of my life here that began six months ago,” he began.

Referring to Halderman’s attempt to extort $2 million from Letterman by threatening to expose the host’s affair with Stephanie Birkitt and other sexual liaisons, but not citing Halderman by name, Letterman said that he brought the matter to the attention of the New York District Attorney’s office because “I was concerned and full of anxiety and nervous and worried. And the people in the District Attorney’s office said, ‘This will be handled professionally, this will be handled skillfully, and appropriately.’”

The talk show host then said, “Well, the matter was resolved today, and they were exactly right – it was handled professionally, skillfully and appropriately.” He thanked members of the New York District Attorney’s office by name.

In a plea bargain, Halderman was sentenced to six months in jail, four and a half years probation, and 1,000 hours of community service.

After making his remarks, Dave then did what he said he “loves as much as life itself”: He conducted his annual grocery-bagging competition with the country’s champ, Kyle Perry.

Your thoughts on the verdict, and/or Dave’s bagging technique?

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