The body of a New York State judge — Sheila Abdus-Salaam — who was the first black woman to sit on the NY State’s highest court — was found dead, floating in the Hudson river yesterday. She was 65. She was fully clothed and had no signs of trauma. Her husband came to identify her body.
Sheila was appointed on NY’s top court by NY Governor Cuomo in 2013. She worked as a judge since 1994 — the first female Muslim judge in the U.S..
Sheila was a liberal judge that often supported poor people, immigrants, people with mental illnesses who said they were done wrong by corporations.
Gov. Cuomo tweeted that she was a trailblazing jurist and a force for good — and that he extended his deepest sympathies.
There are many questions about how she died and what could have happened. The NY Times says police are looking at it as a possible suicide, but there is still an investigation.
Apparently the judge called in sick Tuesday morning. When she didn’t show up for work yesterday (Wednesday), a search went out for her — and thats when her body was found. Very sad.