April 13, 2017 at 4:30 am #51667
(Reuters) – A groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a U.S. judge was found dead in New York’s Hudson River on Wednesday, police said.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court, was found floating off Manhattan’s west side at about 1:45 p.m. EDT (1545 GMT), a police spokesman said.
Police pulled Abdus-Salaam’s fully clothed body from the water and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family identified her and an autopsy would determine the cause of death, the spokesman said.
Abdus-Salaam, a native of Washington, D.C., became the first African-American woman appointed to the Court of Appeals when Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo named her to the state’s high court in 2013.
“Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History said Abdus-Salaam was the first female Muslim to serve as a U.S. judge.
Citing unidentified sources, the New York Post reported that Abdus-Salaam had been reported missing from her New York home earlier on Wednesday. Attempts to reach her family were unsuccessful.
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Abdus-Salaam started her law career with East Brooklyn Legal Services and served as a New York state assistant attorney general, according to the Court of Appeals website.
She held a series of judicial posts after being elected to a New York City judgeship in 1991.April 13, 2017 at 9:25 pm #51671
S*it happens . Hows that gun control workin ?April 14, 2017 at 12:37 am #51674
Nyc routinely accuses Virginia of supplying thousands of pistols to criminals in this state. Muslims should head south, or to Vermont. Worst case Islamberg.
A floater in the Hudson, it’s a little surprising that she was found at all. The state politicians usually freak when this happens. More security, more surveillance. More anti gun talk. The Muslims will set up more “no go mosque zones”. Surprisingly the Netherlands which decided not to elect Geert Wilders has 40 of them. NYC following suit. All liberal women have to do in York is go Muslim and become safe. The cops can’t protect them anymore. Even affluent black Muslim judges get the knife. No place to hide. Knives are everywhere. So is Swedish rape and pillage. Your money and your women.
April 15, 2017 at 1:31 am #51689
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