There's not a lot of coverage- its mostly sensationalist blog postings about it, and a few fringe websites.
On the face of it, it seems unlikely that a state supreme court judge would issue death threats, and put out a hit on someone, then conspire with the aid of the NYPD to cover up the whole thing. It's not because I wouldn't put it past judges or the NYPD to kill someone and cover it up, but as a conspiracy the whole thing is flaky.
I started with the alleged New York City Death Certificate provided by a blog:
This is a really shady document, and I'm pretty satisfied that the whole thing was made on someone's computer. Take a look:
- If you look at the form, you can tell there was large diagonal writing across it which was erased, especially noticeable at the bottom left of the top form. Actually, most of the spaces with the typed writing look like it had original writing which was then erased. Look at the line provided for the writing.
- The form is filled out in printed text. (a) All the other certificate of death forms I've found online are filled out by hand or typed, not printed, and (b) the boxes are hand checked, which is strange, because if you're going to generate this form on the computer, why print it, and hand check the boxes?
- The medical examiner's signature is also printed text in a fancy script. Why isn't it a real signature? Especially if you're going to hand check the boxes anyway.
- The "Signature Electronically Authenticated" seems like it was added later to make scripted signature more legit, but it's out of place because (a) you can't electronically authenticate a signature, (b) the font is different from the rest of the form (look at the lowercase a, width of the e, and the crossbar of the t), and (c) on the form, its just squeezed in there, cramming out the line below.
- The bottom form says the body was examined at the "Queens Medical Examiner Office" and died at "New York Medical Center Queens." First, there is no "Queens Medical Examiner Office"; there's an office of Chief Medical Examiner with a branch in Queens General Hospital. It seems strange that a medical examiner would move a body from one hospital to another to decide if the person was dead or fill out the form.
For me, the computer printing and the erased text is pretty damning. If this document is forged, then it leads me to question the whole story. I don't know how this guy died, but someone is pushing an agenda.