United States' first female Muslim judge, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, found dead in New York | US news | The Guardian
The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History said Abdus-Salaam was the first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge. She was also the first black woman appointed to the state’s highest court.
“Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and bright legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her,” DiFiore said.
Former chief judge Jonathan Lippman said he knew Abdus-Salaam for many years. He said her death of was “difficult to understand”.
“The court has suffered a terrible blow,” he said.
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