Tragic! Appeals court judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam washes ashore, dead, on New York’s Hudson River
Appeals court judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam found dead on Hudson River shore
The body of the 65-year-old jurist surfaced on the Manhattan side of the river just before 2 p.m. Wednesday
Her husband, who reported her missing Tuesday morning
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court
The judge was found fully clothed
Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam
The body of the nation’s first Muslim female judge, Abdus-Salaam and the first ever African-American to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals in the state of New York washed ashore at New York’s Hudson River, Wednesday.
Detectives had to remove the body of the appeals court judge from the Hudson River Wednesday on the W. 125th St. pier.
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Abdus-Salaam was found fully-clothed, cops said.Her husband, who reported her missing Tuesday morning, was brought in to identify the body, sources said.
Police sources said there were no signs of obvious trauma or injuries indicating foul play.
Detectives bring up the body of the appeals court judge from the Hudson River on the W. 125th St. pier, Wednesday
The groundbreaking jurist made history as the first Muslim to serve on the state’s Court of Appeals after being appointed in 2013 by Gov. Cuomo.
“Rising from working class roots to serve for decades on the bench of the New York State Supreme Court, Justice Abdus-Salaam has a deep understanding of the everyday issues facing New Yorkers, as well as the complex legal issues that come before the states highest court,” Cuomo said in a statement at the time.
She was not only the country’s first Muslim female judge, Abdus-Salaam was the first ever African-American to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, having The risen through the state ranks before eventually being elected to the Supreme Court in 1993.
Abdus-Salaam graduated from Barnard College and received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.
Staff of the medical examiner’s office remove judge Abdus-Salaam’s body
Before her appointment to the highest court in the state , she was a judge in Manhattan Supreme Court for 14 years. prior to that Abdus-Salaam was an attorney with East Brooklyn Legal Services Corp., the New York City Law Department and the city Office of Labor Services.
The last court session she likely attended was March 29, where the panel of seven judges heard three cases. The next session was scheduled for April 25.
“I’m deeply saddened at having lost a dear friend and colleague, and the court has suffered a terrible blow,” Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the state Court of Appeals from 2009 to 2015, told The Post.
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