Abdus-Salaam Family Rejects Suicide Theory in Judge's Death

, New York Law Journal


Members of the family of the late Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, whose body was found floating in the Hudson River last week, said Wednesday reports she committed suicide have "no basis in reality" and called on any persons with knowledge of what happened in her final hours to step forward.

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  • Joseph

    The Hudson River in most parts of Manhattan, really doesn‘t have any river bank so it would be difficult to claw your way out if you somehow got in.

  • Alan Flacks

    Ah, speculation, speculation. Lots of it. Let‘s await the C.M.E.‘s report, please.

  • Honest Iago

    I mean no disrespect with the following observation. It is based on a technique used by British police who examined bodies recovered from the Thames near London Bridge. Damage to the fingernails would suggest either an accidental fall or a push into the river, as the damage showed that the victim tried to claw his or her way up the shore against the current. The absence of damage to the fingernails would be more equivocal, as the victim may have been rendered unconscious before drowning. If conscious, only a suicide victim would not have tried to climb back out of the river.

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