US Black Female Judge Found Dead In N.Y. Hudson River – Police Seeking Clues

AP news agency   via Al Jazeera    Posted Thur., April 20, 2017

US police are asking for the public’s help as they try to track the movements of a pioneering judge before she was found dead in New York’s Hudson River.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was found along the riverbank near her Manhattan home on April 12. She had been reported missing a day earlier.

Two law enforcement officials say the death is being treated as a suicide. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn’t been completed.

But Abdus-Salaam’s husband, Gregory Jacobs, warned against treating her death as a suicide.

“These reports have frequently included unsubstantiated comments concerning my wife’s possible mental and emotional state of mind at the time of her death,” Jacobs, who is a minister at the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, wrote in a statement.

“Those of us who loved Sheila and knew her well do not believe that these unfounded conclusions have any basis in reality.”

Abdus-Salaam, her widower wrote, “loved Harlem and its people and lived there for nearly all of her adult life”.

“I now join with the NYPD [New York Police Department] in asking anyone in the neighbourhood to step forward with any information that might help us determine what may have happened during those hours before her death,” the priest pleaded.

Investigators were looking for any video or any witnesses who may have seen the 65-year-old in the time leading up to her death.

An autopsy was inconclusive as to the cause of death and required further study.

Abdus-Salaam was the first black woman on New York state’s highest court.

                                   ‘Trailblazing jurist’

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who appointed Abdus-Salaam to the state’s Court of Appeals in 2013, earlier called her a “trailblazing jurist”.

“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” Cuomo said.

“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.”

Abdus-Salaam, who was 65 years old, graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from Columbia Law School.

She started her career as a staff attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services and served as a judge on New York state’s Supreme Court for 14 years, according to the Office of Court Administration’s website.

The president of the New York State Bar Association, Claire Gutekunst, said Abdus-Salaam grew up poor in a family of seven children in Washington, DC, and “rose to become one of the seven judges in New York’s highest court, where her intellect, judicial temperament and wisdom earned her wide respect”.

Source:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/police-seek-clues-death-judge-sheila-abdus-salaam-170420035333374.html

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Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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