Wife Acquitted Of Helping Pulse Gunman; Family Relieved

Wife Acquitted Of Helping Pulse Gunman; Family Relieved

Noor Salman, 31, sobbed upon hearing the jury's verdict of not guilty of obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization, charges that could have brought a life sentence.

The FBI questioned Salman who confessed to knowing what her husband's plans were, she admitted to helping him scout out the venue for his attack.

Attorney Charles Swift argued there was no way Ms Salman knew Mateen would attack the Pulse nightclub because even he didn't know he would attack it until moments before the shooting.

She had been accused of giving misleading statements to law enforcement officers who interviewed her after the massacre, the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.

The case was far from a slam dunk, and the prosecution suffered some critical setbacks. They said they were disappointed with the verdict but respect the decision.

He thanked the jury for their work.

"Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones", Mina said. "I want to thank the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who have worked tirelessly on this case in the quest for justice".

During a demonstration outside of Pulse Nightclub on Friday, Louis Morales, 50, who frequented the club shared, "She may not be guilty, but she's not innocent". My initial inclination was not to communicate with the news media at all, however once I returned home a watched the news coverage of the reactions to the verdicts I felt compelled to at least clarify several misconceptions.

Her lawyers argued that Salman, who was home with the couple's then 3-year-old son at the time of the rampage, has a low IQ, a childish nature and was heavily influenced by her abusive husband. "However, we were not tasked with deciding if she was aware of a potential attack", the foreperson said.

The jurors have been deliberating since Wednesday as to whether or not Salman was guilty of the charges pinned against her.

"Noor Salman should never have been on trial", said Ahmed Bedier, a civil rights advocate and the president of United Voices of America. "She wants to get back to her son", defence attorney Linda Moreno said.

It will be hard, but we will focus now on healing, and we will continue to work to help communities emerge from violence and hate.

We remain committed to ensuring those who have been directly impacted by this tragedy, receive the support and care that is needed.

Many people have expressed outrage or disappointment towards this verdict. Family spokeswoman Susan Clary said Salman's family "always thought that Noor was the first victim of Omar Mateen". "I'm confident that we will continue to demonstrate the principles of healing, compassion and peace".

"It was a wonderful result and reaffirms my faith in the jury system, " Scheller said. "When we looked at all of the facts it was clear to everyone".

The jury appeared to believe the defense portrayal of Salman as a battered spouse kept in the dark, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor and now a partner at Coral Gables, Florida-based Hinshaw & Culbertson.

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