Noor Salman trial: Jury selected for Pulse shooter’s widow

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A jury was selected Monday for the federal trial of Noor Salman, who is accused of helping her husband with the June 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre.Jury picked for Noor Salman trial in federal court in OrlandoSalman accused of aiding husband, Pulse nightclub gunmanNoor Salman’s family comes to Orlando court to show supportRELATED:Noor Salman trial: Defense: Shooter only attacked Pulse because it was soft targetNoor Salman trial: As jury selection continues, new details about shooter emergesNoor Salman trial: Some jurors share connection to Pulse attackVIDEO: Mother of Pulse victim shares why she’s attending Noor Salman’s trialVideo of Pulse shooting released in Noor Salman hearingNoor Salman’s attorneys raise concerns with evidence allowed at trialREAD UNSEALED DOCUMENTS:Defense motion to request experts to speak to Salman’s mental state, previous testimony (PDF)Government’s motion to exclude defense witnesses (PDF)Defendant’s motions to preclude improper argument in government’s opening statementAfter more than a week of jury selection in a downtown Orlando federal courtroom, Judge Paul Byron reached his threshold of 56 potential jurors Monday morning. From there, he whittled down the 57 total to 12, plus six alternates.Salman is accused of helping her husband, Omar Mateen, who perpetrated the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, as well as lying to investigators. She faces charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice.NOW: After 40 minutes of silently passing paperwork back & forth between defense & goverment, attorneys “striking” jurors from #NoorSalman case, the process is complete. Juror numbers not revealed for the 12 chosen, plus six alternates. @MyNews13 #Orlando— Julie Gargotta (@juliegargotta) March 12, 2018Inside court, lawyers saw three potential jurors within the first hour.The first juror, a woman, was excused from serving after discussion about her English skills and some hardships she brought up. A second woman, a deputy clerk in a courthouse with keen knowledge of the legal system, was admitted to the pool. Finally, an older man was admitted without challenge from attorneys.Salman’s family came to the courthouse Monday to show their support.”We know she’s innocent. There’s nothing changed on us,” said Susan Adidh, Salman’s aunt. “Because if we knew she was involved or anything, we wouldn’t be here.”Byron was also expected to take take up the defense’s recently-filed motion to “proffer,” or offer up, arguments it doesn’t think federal prosecutors should be allowed to make in their opening statements. The prosecution on Sunday also filed its own motion over 911 calls.Opening statements in Salman’s federal trial are expected to begin Wednesday.
Source: MyNews13