Clary told the News Hour that Salman was hopeful but “believes that she is being punished for what her husband did.
Whether Salman wanted to strike fear into the hearts of gay people or fear in all Americans, “both can be considered terrorism in the federal code,” he added. In the months leading up to the trial, batches of documents have been made public, many of them offering some hints about the legal strategy of both sides in this case.
The government’s case will likely focus on a 12-page confession that Salman initialed and signed the night of the shooting.
C., said the federal government has a high success rate prosecuting federal terrorism cases, but few of the defendants have been women.
According to George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, 90 percent of those who have faced domestic terrorism charges have been male.
Opening remarks began Wednesday in the federal terrorism trial for Noor Salman, the wife of the man who opened fire inside Florida nightclub Pulse nearly two years ago, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50 others.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State while on a 911 call during the June 2016 attack on the gay club in Orlando, Florida. Salman faces one count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization by helping her husband prepare for the attack, prosecutors say.
Here’s what we know about the trial, and what we’re watching. Salman was raised in Southern California by her parents, who immigrated to the U. from the West Bank in 1985, The New York Times reported.
A family spokesperson told The PBS News Hour that she has three sisters and that Salman’s father, who died in 2006, owned a liquor store in California.
She is also charged with obstruction of justice for misleading federal agents, according to her indictment. If convicted on both counts, Salman could face up to life in prison. Attorney Jeff Mandolfo began his opening statement by telling the story of a Pulse survivor who sustained multiple gunshot wounds while hiding in one of the nightclub’s bathrooms.
During opening statements, federal prosecutors and Salman’s defense attorneys offered different portraits of the 31-year-old defendant. “None of the victims that night knew the horrific events that were about to unfold,” Mandolfo said.
“I wish I would have done the right thing but my fear and reality was holding me back,” she wrote.