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‘Trailblazing’ NY judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam found dead in Hudson River

The first Muslim female judge in US history was found dead on the banks of the Hudson River in New York under mysterious circumstances. The case comes days after another judge in Chicago was shot dead outside his own home.

The body of former New York State Supreme Court Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, was found floating in the Hudson River off Manhattan Island on Wednesday, the New York Post reported. 

The New York Police Department Harbor Unit responded after witnesses spotted Abdus-Salaam’s fully-clothed body floating in the Hudson River near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway.

Abdus-Salaam had been reported missing from her home in Harlem earlier in the day. Her husband later identified her body to police.

Sources told the Post that Abdus-Salaam’s body showed no signs of trauma or injury that would suggest foul play. Police are currently investigating the cause of her death.

In addition to being the first Muslim female judge to serve on the bench, Abdus-Salaam was also the first African-American to serve on the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) appointed Abdus-Salaam to the position in 2013. On Wednesday, Cuomo remembered her as a “pioneer” and a “trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all.

https://www.rt.com/usa/384559-abdus-salaam-hudson-myles-chicago/


"Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
"If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    NYPD says it is now investigating the Hudson River death of a pioneering African American judge as 'suspicious' even though she was initially thought to have committed suicide

    • Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found dead in the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon
    • She was fully clothed, with no obvious signs of trauma suggesting foul play
    • Police on Tuesday said they were treating the death as 'suspicious' 
    • The judge called in sick from work on Tuesday, then failed to show up at her Manhattan office on Wednesday, prompting a missing person report  
    • She was divorced and recently remarried Reverend Gregory Jacobs in June
    • Abdus-Salaam lost her 92-year-old mother to suicide in 2012 on Easter and her brother to suicide two years later around Easter holiday 
    • Police official said the 65-year-old judge was struggling with depression and that she had began taking medication just weeks before her apparent suicide
    • Abdus Salaam was a groundbreaking judge who was also the first African American woman to serve in New York's Court of Appeals 
    • Earlier reports called her 'the first female Muslim U.S. judge', but a spokesman for the Court of Appeals said she was not Muslim 


    Authorities in New York investigating the case of a trailblazing New York state judge whose body was found floating in the Hudson River last week are treating the death as suspicious.

    The body of State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was retrieved fully clothed from the Hudson by the NYPD harbor unit on Wednesday - one day after her husband of less than a year reported her missing. 

    Initially, Abdus-Salaam was thought to have taken her own life after her brother and mother both committed suicide around Easter two years apart from each other, according to police.

    Now the NYPD says that it believes the case to be 'suspicious,' according to the New York Post

    'We’re looking it at as a suspicious death at this point,' NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said.

    'We haven’t found any clear indications of criminality, but at this point we can’t say for sure. We’re hoping if anyone could shed any light into the hours before her disappearance, it would help us establish what happened.' 

    Investigators have so far been unable to piece together bits of information about Abdus-Salaam's movements in the moments leading up to her death, according to the Post.

    Police have pored over hours of surveillance videos, but they say that so far they have yet to find any CCTV footage from either a convenience store or a mass transit location that would give clues as to her final whereabouts. 


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4423688/NYPD-says-death-pioneering-black-judge-suspicious.html

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    While it was widely reported that she was the first Muslim to be a member of the New York Court of Appeals, she never converted to Islam. Rather, she merely took her first husband's Islamic surname, according to Court of Appeals spokesman Gary Spencer.[14] The claim that she was a Muslim is believed to have originated in a press release by New York state senator Kevin Parker following her nomination in 2013.
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    Given this info:
    • Abdus-Salaam lost her 92-year-old mother to suicide in 2012 on Easter and her brother to suicide two years later around Easter holiday 
    • Police official said the 65-year-old judge was struggling with depression and that she had began taking medication just weeks before her apparent suicide
    I'd say 99% chance she killed herself. Taking anti-depressants alone drastically increases the suicide rate 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    The police must have something else, or why would they change direction?
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Husband insists pioneering African American judge did NOT commit suicide and asks for help solving the mystery of her 'suspicious' death

    • Reverand Gregory Jacobs, the husband of the trailblazing State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, has pleaded for help from the public on Wednesday
    • The New York Police Department is treating the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam as 'suspicious' after initially believing it to be a suicide
    • Both Reverand Jacobs and the NYPD are asking for any information available regarding Abdus-Salaam's last movements before her death
    • Both her mother and brother previously took their own lives around this time of year, in 2012 and 2014, respectively
    • Her body was found in the Hudson River on April 12 by the NYPD Harbor unit

    The husband of the trailblazing New York judge who was found floating dead in the Hudson River on April 12 has joined authorities in New York in their plea for help from the public on Wednesday.  

    Reverand Gregory Jacobs also denied allegations that State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, 'was the victim of a "probable suicide,"' according to NBC News.

    The New York Police Department said Tuesday that it now believes the death of Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to sit on New York State's highest court, to be 'suspicious'.

    Reverand Jacobs, who is a minister at the Episcopal Diocese of Newark in New Jersey, pleaded for assistance with the ongoing investigation.

    'I now join with the NYPD in asking anyone in the neighborhood to step forward with any information that might help us determine what may have happened during those hours before her death,' he said.

    He also spoke out strongly against the idea that his late wife took her own life.

    'Reports have frequently included unsubstantiated comments concerning my wife's possible mental and emotional state of mind at the time of her death,' the priest wrote in a statement. 

    'Those of us who loved Sheila and knew her well do not believe that these unfounded conclusions have any basis in reality.'

    He added that his wife 'loved Harlem and its people and lived there for nearly all of her adult life.' 

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4427026/Husband-judge-dead-Hudson-says-not-suicide.html


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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