Larry Mendte usually cleans up at the mid-Atlantic Emmys, raking in awards every year, but this year the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is trying to figure out how to handle his entries.
Mendte was charged in federal court Monday with one count of illegally accessing former co-anchor Alycia Lane's e-mails 537 times and will soon plead guilty to the charge. The U.S. Attorney's charging document against Mendte also alleges that he provided information he got from Lane's e-mails to the Daily News.
NATAS board members are scheduled to have a conference call today to discuss whether Mendte should be allowed to be nominated or win an Emmy. Nominations will be announced Aug. 5.
We're told Mendte submitted more than 20 stories for possible award consideration this year.