NY High Court Judge’s Death Thought To Be Suicide

By on April 17, 2017
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April 17, 2017

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was the first black woman to serve on New York State’s highest court. Three years ago, Abdus-Salaam’s brother committed suicide, and her mother died last year. The newly-married Abdus-Salaam called in sick to work on Tuesday, and on Wednesday her body was recovered from the Hudson River near Harlem, with no signs of trauma or indication of foul play. Police told the New York Times they are treating her death as a suicide, though an investigation is ongoing. Abdus-Salaam has served on the State Court of Appeals since 2013, and before that she served four years as an associate justice on the First Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court. Before that, she was a State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan for 15 years. She was a classmate at Columbia Law School with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who, at her swearing-in ceremony as the seventh member of New York’s top court, told the crowd that “Shiela could boogie.” This summer, Abdus-Salaam made national news for writing the ruling on Brooke S.B. and Elizabeth A. C.C., which expanded the definition of what it means to be a parent, particularly in the cases of same-sex couples. In a statement Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Abdus-Salaam had an “unshakeable moral compass.” Mayor Bill de Blasio called her a “humble pioneer.”

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The New York Times

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