What’s happening in the last year with judges being found dead? Are we seeing an uptick in unexplained/suicide/natural cause weirdness from coroners again.
Without doubt,these are unrelated but certainly odd, just like other deaths over the last few years. Perhaps Murphy’s Law is simply at work picking on random professions, just as other groups oddly seem to have similar unrelated, unexplained, or coincidental increases in deaths.
First it was dozens of financial and banking top management executives; then doctors. Now it is judges which is arguable one of the most volatile professions for revenge deaths and intimidation tactics.
Yet amazingly it seems that in most of the cases, coroners seem bent on health or suicide determinations. Is it because they are scared or that they are simply incompetent, overworked, or unwilling to get involved?
Deaths since January 2016
April 12, 2017 – CNN just reported that Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam aged 65 was found Wednesday in the Hudson River after reported missing. She was the first female Muslim Black judge appointed to the New York Court of Appeal. Abdus-Salaam had been an associate justice on the New York Court of Appeals since 2013. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed her to the court, hailed her as a “trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all.”
April 10, 2017 – Judge Raymond Myles was shot outside his home in Chicago. Investigation is ongoing but one is in custody. Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said video from home surveillance systems played a key role in tracking down a car believed to be used in the attempted robbery. Cameras caught a license plate of the vehicle.
January 4, 2017 – Judge Nathan Curtis Lee, 60 found dead in his office from apparent suicide by gunshot. Judge Lee was a veteran of the 6th Judicial Circuit Court. He was found dead in his Prince George County Courthouse office on New Year’s Day. The state medical examiner’s office ruled he committed suicide.
November 9, 2016 – Election Judge, Gary Cox, was found dead in his Grand Prairie, Texas home of reportedly natural causes.
September 15, 2016 – Retired 3rd District Judge Stephen L. Henriod aged 67. He served 16 years on the bench in Salt Lake and Tooele counties, was found dead at his Cottonwood Heights home. Cottonwood Heights police Sgt. Ryan Shosted said police were called to Henriod’s home in the early morning hours on Thursday. “The death is not suspicious and is being investigated,” said Shosted. He had a history of suicide attempts.
March 16, 2016 – Municipal Judge Diana Hampton aged 50, was known by colleagues as a hard worker and appeared to be the perfect picture of health. Her death shocked colleagues, one of whom told the paper he planned to have lunch with the judge this week. Hampton, who served as a municipal judge in Nevada for more than a decade, worked with youth in the community to discourage them from crime.
February 13, 2016 – Associate Justice Antonin Scalia – of supposed natural causes