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Police Investigating Death of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

, New York Law Journal

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Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals was found dead Wednesday in the Hudson River, the New York City Police Department confirmed.

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What's being said

  • JA Tucker

    Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam helped so many people. Such a loss, such a loss.

  • Randi Anderson

    This is a terrible shock and loss. My heart goes out to everyone that she touched. I hope that all in the New York Legal Community know about the lawyers assistance program where we work with lawyers, judges, and the entire community relating to issues of grief, loss, anxiety, stress, substance abuse and mental health supports. You are not alone. In NYC, you can call us at 212-302-5787. We are all shocked and at a loss, we are here to listen and support you.

  • Avon

    In most news reports of a death, people strive to say respectful yet still true things about the deceased, and work at avoiding any unintended reference to their flaws. ... In this report, everyone had to strive to find words even remotely adequate to Judge Abdus-Salaam‘s excellence as a judge, an intellect, and a human being. The word "beautiful" used by Chief Judge Lippman is about as close as anyone could come. ... She is surely the best judge I‘ve appeared before in over 30 years. Whether I was there for a routine and perfunctory status conference, to argue vigorously a decisive motion, or to begin the trial of a medical malpractice case, she treated me - and my adversaries - wonderfully. She found the way to do justice to all the parties, even when it seemed neither one deserved to lose in the matter before her. ... She deserved this death less than any public servant; I gasped to see the headline. What a tragedy that this lady of elegant simplicity and warm heart met an end so unworthy of her! Whether they knew her or not - and most did not, as she was content to do her job quietly - every citizen of New York State will truly suffer her loss.

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