Friday, March 05, 2010

"White powder" sent to Justice Gerges causes evacuation; credible sources apparently include “die from mohter----er”

So, what's up with that suspicious mailing to Kings County Supreme Court Justice Abrahama Gerges that caused an evacuation yesterday of one floor of a court building?

The Daily News yesterday headlined its article Suspicious white powder sent to B'klyn judge forces evacuation, noting that Gerges had recently approved condemnations for Atlantic Yards and yesterday "was presiding over the trial of a Staten Island doctor charged with peddling steroids."

The Courier-Life headlined its article Powder delivered to Judge Gerges' office, mentioning both cases.

Drilling down

The Daily Eagle provided investigative coverage, under the headline White Powder Causes Alarm in Judicial Chambers, with dual decks: "Judge’s Secretary Decontaminated; Substance Later Found ‘Inert’; Some Speculate Threat Linked to Justice Gerges’ Atlantic Yards Ruling."

The article stated:
“I’ve seen some disturbing comments on the blog of Brooklyn Paper,” said one Atlantic Yards opponent when informed of the incident. “Someone wrote ‘string him up,’ or something.”

The comment in question was from user “die from mohter----er” and stated, “this judge should be strung up from a street light in said neighborhood” [sic].
And New York Magazine's Daily Intel boiled it down to Judge Who Approved Atlantic Yards Receives ‘Suspicious’ White Powder, without mentioning the current case before Gerges.

Without a note or other evidence beyond an anonymous nasty comment on a web site that--like so many--makes little attempt to ensure credible discourse, we have no idea why the "white powder" was sent.

In comparison

Note that this incident has drawn more coverage than the news, contained in a Development Agreement made available only in late January, that developer Forest City Ratner has 12 years to build Phase 1 of the Atlantic Yards project and 25 years to build the project--both with generous options for extensions.

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