Brooklyn judge in anthrax scare

The secretary of a Brooklyn judge opened an envelope on Thursday containing a suspicious white powder, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration has announced.

Police, fire and hazmat crews responded to an emergency call just after noon from the Kings County Supreme Court Criminal Term. The 24th floor of the building, located at 320 Jay St., was evacuated and sealed off.

The letter, sent to Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Abraham G. Gerges, was filled wit sh a white powder that was later found to be "inert," the spokesman said.

Gerges' secretary was decontaminated by the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit.

Speculation on the letter centers on it being a retaliatory response to a recent judicial order by Justice Gerges that transferred the tile of the land at Atlantic Yards to the state via eminent domain.

“I’ve seen some disturbing comments on the blog of Brooklyn Paper,” the Brooklyn Daily Eagle quoted on one Atlantic Yards opponent as saying. “Someone wrote ‘string him up,’ or something.”

The comment, the Daily Eagle reports, was made by a user nicknamed “die from mother----er," who stated, “this judge should be strung up from a street light in said neighborhood."

Officials were not able to confirm that a specific judge received the letter, noting only that Gerges had not been affected.