Husband of New York judge found dead challenges reports of apparent suicide
The sudden death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam — and the hours that led up to it — remains shrouded in mystery.
Shortly after the body of Abdus-Salaam, the first African American woman to serve on New York’s top court, was found floating fully clothed in the Hudson River with no apparent signs of trauma or criminality, local police said they were treating the death as an apparent suicide.
But about a week later, following an inconclusive autopsy, authorities have begun asking for the public’s help in the investigation. While there are still no signs of foul play, the case is being treated as suspicious, a spokesman from the New York Police Department said.
And on Wednesday, Abdus-Salaam’s widowed husband joined the police in appealing for help from anyone with information that might help determine what happened in the moments before her death. In his first public comments since the death, the judge’s husband, the Rev. Gregory Jacobs, firmly pushed back against reports that her death was an apparent suicide.