New York Medical Examiner Rules That Black Judge Committed Suicide

By Nigel Roberts

New York City’s medical examiner’s office ruled Wednesday that Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam‘s drowning in April was a suicide, the New York Daily News reports.

The body of Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court, was found dead in the Hudson River on April 12. Finding no signs of criminality, the police closed the investigation on May 3.

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam drowned herself in Hudson River, city medical examiner says

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 26, 2017

According to the New York Times, investigators at first thought her death was “suspicious.” However, they began to lean toward suicide after viewing surveillance video that showed Abdus-Salaam, 65, walking around for hours in Riverbank State Park, about a half-mile north of where her body was found.

Abdus-Salaam’s husband, the Rev. Gregory Jacobs, had rejected any notion of suicide, saying anyone who knew his wife well would dismiss that claim, though the judge was believed to suffer from depression, the Daily News said.

The judge was one of seven children in a poor family. She grew up in the District of Columbia, and earned a law …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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