United States Of America First Female Judge, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Found Dead In New York

Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Sheila Abdus Salaam, a groundbreaking African-American legal expert 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.

The body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court, was found floating off Harlem about 1.45pm local time, 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.

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