Noor Salman, the widow who was married to the slain gunman who opened fire in the Pulse nightclub in Florida has been found not guilty of obstruction and aiding and abetting by attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
The shooting left 49 people dead.
Here’s more from Fox News:
Salman had faced up to life in prison if she was convicted. The charges she was acquitted of include lying to the FBI and aiding her husband in the attack.
The decision came on the third day of deliberations, after the jury met for a total of 12 hours.
Salman appeared extremely emotional when the verdict was announced. She had tears streaming down her face while she looked at her family and smiled.
Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department, released a statement regarding the verdict saying, “I believe in our criminal justice system and am grateful for the jury’s hard work and thoughtful deliberations. 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.”
In response to several inquiries,here is a statement from @ChiefJohnMina on the verdict in the Noor Salman trial: pic.twitter.com/KdwjpEhqdW
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) March 30, 2018
Defense attorneys described Salman, who was born in California to Palestinian parents, as a simple woman with a low IQ. She was abused by her husband, who cheated on her with other women and concealed much of his life from her, they said.
Attorney Charles Swift said there was no way Salman knew that Mateen would attack the Pulse nightclub because even he didn’t know he would attack the nightclub until after he went to the Disney Springs complex.
During the trial, prosecutors said Salman advised Mateen to lie to his mother when she inquired of his whereabouts on the night of the shooting. They said Mateen, who was born in New York to Afghani parents, intended to attack Disney World’s shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and instead chose the gay club as his target.
What an absolute tragic miscarriage of justice.
This one verdict has just placed our nation in a much more dangerous position than it’s been in before, as it sends the message that if you attack Americans on American soil, there’s a chance you might end up getting off the hook.
Will radical groups like ISIS take this as a sign of weakness, a flaw to exploit while working up their plans for a new murder spree?
Let’s hope not.
Please pray for the safety of our country, we’re certainly going to need it.