2 threatening letters sent to judges

December 06, 2008|By David Kohn | David Kohn,david.kohn@baltsun.com

Two Harford County Circuit Court judges received letters yesterday threatening the president of the United States and containing a white powdery substance, the Harford County sheriff's office said. The powder appears to be sugar, according to preliminary tests, said David Betz, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

After one letter was opened by Judge William Carr's secretary about 12:30 p.m., sheriff's investigators and the county hazmat team responded to the courthouse. Another letter, sent to Judge Stephen Waldron, was also discovered. It was not clear whether the letters threatened President George W. Bush or President-elect Barack Obama.

No one was injured.

Sources said the letters appeared to have been sent by one inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, but they would not release the inmate's name. No one has been charged in this incident, police said.

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