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02 April 2018, 11:23 | Melanie Burgess
Noor Salman, widow of Pulse nightclub gunman, found not guilty
Seddique Mateen was a confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016, a motion filed by the defense states, citing an email from Sweeney.
"It was a hard case for all sides involved", said Judge Paul G. Byron of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Noor Salman, 31, could have faced up to life in prison had she been convicted of federal charges of obstruction of justice and aiding her husband, Omar Mateen, in providing support to the Islamic State militant group.
"Omar Mateen is a monster". He was killed by police.
The jury deliberated for a little more than 12 hours over three days before reaching a verdict Friday morning.
But her attorneys insisted that their client is a simple woman with a low IQ who was abused by her husband and knew nothing about his plans.
She gave him a "green light to commit terrorism", prosecutors said.
Defense attorney Fritz Scheller told reporters the victims' families were "extraordinary people" and thanked them for their decorum and dignity. "I was in denial and I could not believe that the father of my child was going to hurt other people", she allegedly wrote after finding out what her husband had done.
Sweeney said Mateen's initial plan was to attack Disney Springs, a commercial district adjacent to Disney World.
"She doesn't go to the mosque, she searches for Hello Kitty on her website", Swift said in closing arguments. "But it wasn't preplanned".
Since the defense launched its case Monday, Mateen's family and friends described her as a peaceful person and a good mother.
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Leal says although two years have passed, she prays every day for peace. "She can go home now and try to pick up the pieces".
"He said out of his mouth that he was doing this for a specific reason to avenge the people of his country", she said.
Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) during a phone call with authorities during his rampage.
The defense also argued that Mateen had concealed aspects of his life from Salman, so she would not have known what he would do.
"She's so exhausted. She's stressed you can't believe it", Ekbal Salman said. They fought to have it thrown out.
On Wednesday, jurors asked to review Noor Salman's statement and the judge printed out copies for them.
In a statement provided to the Orlando Sentinel, the juror - who requested to remain anonymous - said "a verdict of not guilty did NOT mean that we thought Noor Salman was unaware of what Omar Mateen was planning to do", rather that the jury was "not tasked with deciding if she was aware of a potential attack".
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"She may not be guilty, but she isn't innocent either", said Luis Morales, a Pulse regular who was not there during the attack.
"Nothing harmful would come out of her", a friend of Salman's who was identified only as Ms. Ahmed told jurors, according to CNN affiliate WKGM. She's not guilty because I know how I raised my daughter ...
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