The husband of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, whose body was found floating in the Hudson River last week, vehemently refutes reports that she committed suicide.

“Those of us who loved (the judge) and knew her well do not believe that these unfounded conclusions have any basis in reality,” said Rev. Gregory Jacobs in a statement obtained by the Daily News.

Jacobs continued, calling the suicide claims “unwarranted and irresponsible.”

Abdus-Salaam and Jacobs were married last year. On April 12, the judge’s body was found just a day after Jacobs reported her missing.

The NYPD’s initial statement declared no sign of trauma or evidence linking to a homicide existed. An autopsy issued after April 12 determined the cause of Abdus-Salaam’s death was inconclusive.

According to the Daily News, the NYPD later called the judge’s death suspicious after investigators failed to find a suicide note.

A medical examiner plans to conduct additional tests to determine the cause of death, the outlet reports.

SOURCE: New York Daily News


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2 thoughts on “Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s Husband Says Suicide Claims Are ‘Unwarranted And Irresponsible’

  1. Before Diane and Linda and Special start up with the conspiracies, here are some facts:
    Abdus-Salaam took her first husband’s surname, and retained it during her professional career. Her second husband, James Hatcher, was the son of Andrew Hatcher, who worked as a press officer for John F. Kennedy. Her third husband, Gregory A. Jacobs, whom she married in June 2016, was an Episcopal priest within the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

    Abdus-Salaam lost two family members to suicide, her mother in 2012 and her brother two years later. Both occurred around the Easter holiday.

    While it was widely reported that she was the first Muslim to be a member of the New York Court of Appeals, she never converted to Islam. Rather, she merely took her first husband’s Islamic surname, according to Court of Appeals spokesman Gary Spencer. The claim that she was a Muslim is believed to have originated in a press release by New York state senator Kevin Parker following her nomination in 2013.

    Here’s a quote from the NY Daily News: “State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam began taking medication for her darkening moods just a few weeks before her apparent suicide, a well-placed court source told the Daily News.”
    Perhaps it was not suicide, maybe she was disoriented by her meds and fell into the water. Anyway, if she was a good person, I hope she is in God’s Palms.

    And for the record, the NY Daily News is a liberal rag, hence them hiring Talcum X.

  2. Dr. Larry on said:

    Oh snap. I don’t recall a family member ever confirming suicidal tendencies to be true even when there is solid evidence. Take Sandra Bland for instance, her social media posts were filled with hallmarks of depression and thoughts of taking her own life. How can family members turn a blind eye? Same way they turned a their back on her measly $500 bond, I guess.

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