Two black Judges found dead in two days. The second under mysterious circumstances.
To tell the truth, after the sleazebags went to extremes to force the illegitimate Gorsuch on the Courts, and with the appointment of Sessions as AG…
I really don’t doubt the possibility of their murdering Judges to whiten the Courts.
Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles
Chicago police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a Cook county judge in what police described as a “targeted robbery.”
Joshua Smith, 37, turned himself in to answer detectives’ questions Wednesday and was later charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Associate Judge Raymond Myles, who was shot multiple times outside his home at around 5 a.m. on Monday.
Ballistics evidence matched a gun used in a January robbery where a victim was shot and wounded, and surveillance video captured the license plate of a vehicle seen leaving the scene, Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said at a press conference.
“The motive of this crime is robbery, which we do not believe is random — nor do we believe Smith acted alone,” she said.
A female friend who worked out with Myles had first encountered the gunman on Monday morning. Words were exchanged and she was shot in the leg, police said. Myles was coming to her aid when he was fatally shot, although he was not the target of the robbery, NBC Chicago reported, citing police.
Smith was convicted of armed robbery with a firearm in 2003 and served six years in prison, Staples said.
Staples at Wednesday’s press conference would not say who the target of the robbery was or how many other people may have been involved, citing the ongoing investigation. She said more details could emerge at a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to be appointed to New York’s Court of Appeals, was found dead on Wednesday in the Hudson River.
She had been reported missing from her home in Harlem.
The New York Times reports:
“Officers with the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit responded about 1:45 p.m. to a report of a person floating by the shore near West 132nd Street in Upper Manhattan.
“Judge Abdus-Salaam, 65, was taken to a pier on the Hudson River and was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 2 p.m.
“The police were investigating how she ended up in the river, and it was not clear how long Judge Abdus-Salaam, who lived nearby in Harlem, had been missing.
“There were no signs of trauma on her body, the police said. She was fully clothed.
“A law enforcement official said investigators had found no signs of criminality. Her husband identified her body.”
Abdus-Salaam became the first female Muslim to serve as a U.S. judge when she joined the New York State Supreme Court in 1994, according to Zakiyyah Muhammad, the founding director of the Institute of Muslim American Studies, as quoted in The Times.
In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., appointed her to the state’s highest court, known as the Court of Appeals.
In a statement, Cuomo said Judge Abdus-Salaam was a pioneer with an “unshakable moral compass.”
Her nomination was part of a push by Cuomo to diversify the court.
When Judge Rowan Wilson joined the court this year, it was the first time the state’s highest court had two African-American judges serving on it.
In a statement, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said Abdus-Salaam’s “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.”
The Court of Appeals has been on recess since the end of last month. The court is due back in session in less than two weeks.