US Jury Acquits Widow Of Florida Nightclub Gunman Who Killed 49

02 April, 2018, 11:23 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • The Noor Salman trial wraps up this week

The government's attorneys tried to prove Salman knew her husband, Omar Mateen, was planning the June 2016 attack that killed 49 people.

Summary: Noor Salman was found not guilty of helping her husband, the Orlando shooter.

" Noor could go home now to her child", the representative included, "resume her life as well as attempt to get the items from greater than 2 years behind bars".

Prosecutors said Salman cased possible attack sites with her husband and did nothing to stop his plans.

The jury's foreperson anonymously emailed a statement to Orlando news outlets, saying that the verdict did not mean that jurors thought Salman was unaware of Mateen's plans.

It also contended that Salman's confession to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she knew Mateen was going to attack the club came under duress during an interrogation lasting 16 hours. They said Salman, who was born in California to Palestinian parents, was abused by her husband, who cheated on her with other women and concealed much of his life from her. Her uncles and aunt also spoke, and said the family is sorry for the family, friends and survivors of the attack. Salman was also acquitted of obstruction of justice.

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The jury received the case Wednesday and talked about it for about three hours.

A few hours later, Noor Salman, 31, was freed from detention with her head down.

Defence attorney Fritz Scheller speaks with members of the media following the acquittal of the Pulse Nightclub gunman's widow Noor Salman in Orlando on Friday.

"It's a disgusting, random, senseless killing by a monster", Mr Swift said during closing arguments.

But defense attorneys said those statements were coerced, and there was no audio or video tape of the interrogation.

We can never bring back the 49 innocent victims whose lives were taken on June 12, 2016, or erase the pain that the horrific act brought to so many, but hopefully the conclusion of the trial can help our community continue the healing process.

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Salman did not testify in her defense.

The jurors said little as they left court. They also heard his conversations with an Orlando police negotiator, in which he declared his support for the Islamic State, blaming USA military strikes in the Middle East for the attack.

"This case is about what she knew and what she did", Sweeney said at trial.

In addition, 50-year-old protester and former Pulse frequenter Louis Morales said, while taking part in a demonstration outside of the former nightclub, "She may not be guilty, but she's not innocent".

But the defence portrayed her as an easily manipulated woman with a low IQ and argued that she signed a false confession because she was exhausted after a long interrogation and feared losing her young son. To prosecutors, she was a willing accomplice who gave her husband a "green light" to carry out the attack.

Salman's attorneys argued that she was just a "simple-minded" victim. She went on to state that the disgusting act by Mateen "wasn't preplanned" because "if he didn't know, she couldn't know".

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