US Report: Body of country's first female Muslim judge found in Hudson River

04:05  13 april  2017
04:05  13 april  2017 Source:   The Hill

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Judge on New York’s Top Court, Is Found Dead in Hudson River

  Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Judge on New York’s Top Court, Is Found Dead in Hudson River Judge Abdus-Salaam, who joined the State Court of Appeals in 2013, was pulled from the river by police on Wednesday afternoon.Officers with the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit responded about 1:45 p.m. to a report of a person floating by the shore near West 132nd Street in Upper Manhattan. Judge Abdus-Salaam, 65, was taken to a pier on the Hudson River and was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 2 p.m.

The body of the United States’ first ever female Muslim judge was found Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River near Manhattan, according to a Wednesday New York Post report .

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Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, listens to oral arguments on whether criminal defendants should be allowed to use allegations made in civil rights lawsuits against police witnesses to question their credibility during cross-examination at the Court of Appeals on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. © AP Photo/Hans Pennink Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, listens to oral arguments on whether criminal defendants should be allowed to use allegations made in civil rights lawsuits against police witnesses to question their credibility during cross-examination at the Court of Appeals on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. The body of the United States' first ever female Muslim judge was found Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River near Manhattan, according to a Wednesday New York Post report.

Witnesses spotted Sheila Abdus-Salaam's body in the river near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway, police sources tell the Post.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Judge on New York’s Top Court, Is Found Dead in Hudson River

  Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Judge on New York’s Top Court, Is Found Dead in Hudson River Judge Abdus-Salaam, who joined the State Court of Appeals in 2013, was pulled from the river by police on Wednesday afternoon.Officers with the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit responded about 1:45 p.m. to a report of a person floating by the shore near West 132nd Street in Upper Manhattan. Judge Abdus-Salaam, 65, was taken to a pier on the Hudson River and was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 2 p.m.

The body of the first ever Muslim woman judge in the United States washed ashore Wednesday on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River , the New York Post reports . Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found floating, fully clothed

A pioneering judge , who became the first Muslim woman in US history to serve on the bench, was found dead Wednesday — washed up on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River , sources said. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65

Abdus-Salaam served as an associate judge of the Court of Appeals and was also the first U.S. African-American to serve there.

She had been reported missing earlier in the day, the newspaper reports.

Her husband later confirmed her identity.

Sources tell the Post that there were no visible signs of trauma or physical injuries suggesting foul play.

Police are still investigating.

Abdus-Salaam worked as an attorney at East Brooklyn Legal Services after graduating from Columbia Law School.

Abdus-Salaam continued to rise in the ranks until she was elected to the New York Supreme Court in 1993, and then appointed to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) 20 years later in 2013.

Jonathan Lippman, who once served as the chief judge of the state Court of Appeals from 2009 to 2015, said Abdus-Salaam's death is a "terrible blow."

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A pioneering judge , who became the first Muslim woman in US history to serve on the bench, was found dead Wednesday — washed up on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River , sources said. In addition to being the country ' s first Muslim female judge , Abdus-Salaam was the first ever

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"I'm deeply saddened at having lost a dear friend and colleague, and the court has suffered a terrible blow," Lippman told the Post.

"She was a superb jurist and an even more superb human being," he continued. "I knew her for many, many years. To some degree, we grew up together in the court. I've known her in all her different roles in the court. It's just so shocking ... If you ask anyone about her, people would say only the most wonderful things. That's why it makes it even more difficult to understand."

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Husband of New York judge found dead challenges reports of apparent suicide .
Police have begun asking for the public's help in the investigation. While there are still no signs of foul play, the case is being treated as suspicious, police said.Shortly after the body of Abdus-Salaam, the first African American woman to serve on New York’s top court, was found floating fully clothed in the Hudson River with no apparent signs of trauma or criminality, local police said they were treating the death as an apparent suicide.

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