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Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, first African American woman on New York’s top court, found dead in Hudson River (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Thursday, April 13, 2017, 05:26

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African American woman to serve on New York’s top court and the first female Muslim judge in the United States, was found dead in the Hudson River Wednesday, police said. She was 65.

The body of Abdus-Salaam, a native of Washington, D.C., was found fully clothed in the river in Upper Manhattan at 1:45 p.m., a day after her husband had reported her missing, according to the New York Police Department. There were no signs of trauma or injury on the body, and the cause of death is still under investigation.

It is not yet known how Abdus-Salaam, who lived in Harlem, ended up in the river, or how long her body had been there. Her death shook the New York legal community, prompting responses from colleagues, judges and state and local political leaders.

Abdus-Salaam, an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, was described by Mayor Bill de Blasio as “a humble pioneer” and by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as “a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all.”

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