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United States’ first female, African-American Muslim judge found dead in Hudson River

Citing unidentified sources, the New York Post reported that Abdus-Salaam had been reported missing from her New York home earlier on Wednesday.

By: Reuters | New York | Published: April 13, 2017 8:55 am
us judge dead, black judge dead, muslim judge dead, female black judge dead, judge dead body hudson river, body found in hudson river, us black female judge dead, world news, new york news The New York City Police Department confirmed that Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was found on the shore of the Hudson River off Manhattan on Wednesday. (Source: AP Photo/File)

A groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a US 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 US 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.

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    Mel
    Apr 13, 2017 at 11:10 am
    If not thousands, 100 die in USA. Does the media have the race data of the dead? This is clearly one of those media cook off to fill minds of people against the present government in USA. No use commenting on matters of race posted by Media bcos it is never properly researched and later turns out to be false.
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      IslamForFoools
      Apr 13, 2017 at 9:08 am
      She was musselman, canot be judge of anything in the first place, don't use race card in this medial, Islam is not a race, it's a terrorist ideology of hate. Good she is dead, hope she suffers eternally and painfully for being musslemna in the first placeless. Congratulations world , one less Muslim is better
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        Vijith
        Apr 13, 2017 at 9:17 am
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          IslamForFoools
          Apr 13, 2017 at 9:28 am
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