Judge found dead in Hudson River
Shelia Abdus-Salaam body found near the Hudson River a day after her husband reported her missing. Abdus-Salaam was 65 years old and was the first African-American woman to serve on New York’ s courts. After graduating from Community Law School, she worked as an attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services. In addition to that, she was also the first female Muslim judge in the United States.
Police reports that there was no signs of trauma on her body but the Medical Examiner plans on studying her body in order to determine her cause of death.
Governor Andrew Cuomo describes Abdus-Salaam as an pioneer. “Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.” said Cuomo. Cheif Judge Janet DiFiore said her colleague will be “missed deeply”.