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Trailblazing Judge Abdus-Salaam mourned by NY legal community

First African-American woman on New York's top court was found dead Wednesday

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to serve on New York's top court, was found dead in the Hudson River Wednesday, police said. She was 65. The body of Abdus-Salaam, a native of Washington, D.C., was found fully clothed in the river in Upper Manhattan at 1:45 p.m., a day after her husband had reported her ...