From Above the Law:

Awful news from New York: Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam has been found dead, a day after she was reported missing. Her body was found in the Hudson River. Judge Abdus-Salaam was the first African-American woman, and the first Muslim, appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals — the highest court in the state.

This smells fishy but that is mere speculation on my part.   Then all unwitnessed deaths should be treated a homicide.   That said, there is a smell to the story, apart from the death itself.  One of threefold victim hood.  The late Judge Abdus-Salaam is lauded for being one, a women; two, a black and last, a Muslim.    Not one of these traits reflects on Abdus-Salaam’s standing as jurist.

However Kathryn Rubino’s story does reflect, in a negative manner, on Abdus-Salaam’s standing a jurist. For Rubino can’t seem to describe Abdus-Salaam as a judge without describing the judge’s politics:

On the court, Judge Abdus-Salaam was among the most reliable and steadfast liberal voices, regularly siding with vulnerable parties — the poor, impoverished immigrants and people with mental illnesses, for instance — against more powerful and established interests. She also tended to lean toward injured parties who brought claims of misconduct, fraud or breach of contract against wealthy corporations.

In my book when a liberal describes a politician as reliable, it means he is bought and stays bought.