U.S. judge orders Florida nightclub
shooter's widow to remain in jail
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[March 03, 2017]
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) - The widow of the gunman who
killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida must remain in jail after
prosecutors argued that she was a threat to the community and a flight
risk, a U.S. judge on Thursday ordered.
The federal judge in Florida stayed another judge's order issued on
Wednesday that would have released Noor Salman, 30, from a California
jail. He put the release order on hold pending further arguments in the
Salman was arrested in California in January on federal charges she knew
before the June 2016 shootings in Orlando that her husband, Omar Mateen,
was planning the attack and concocted a cover story for him.
U.S. District Judge Paul Byron in Orlando ordered Salman detained and
set a Wednesday deadline for her lawyers to respond to prosecutors'
arguments that she should be jailed pending her trial in Florida.
Salman is charged with obstructing justice and aiding Mateen in his
attempt to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group.
Prosecutors argued in a motion that the seriousness of the charge
related to the Islamic State meant Salman should be kept in jail.
"No pretrial release condition or combination of conditions may be
imposed to reasonably assure the defendant's appearance as required or
the safety of the community," they said.
They also said that Salman was a flight risk since she was unemployed
and had moved to California, where she has relatives, and had almost no
ties to Florida. Her family also owns property in the Middle East, they
Charles Swift, Salman's lawyer, said Byron's order keeping Salman jailed
pending the filing of more motions was routine. "It's standard," he said
in a telephone interview.
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Investigators work the
scene following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in
Orlando Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu on Wednesday had cleared the way for
Salman's release and appeared throw doubt on the government's case
Ryu had ordered her to live with her uncle in Rodeo, California, undergo
GPS monitoring and leave home only for court and medical appointments.
She set a $500,000 bond.
Mateen was killed in a shootout with police after a standoff at
Orlando's Pulse nightclub and carried out the deadliest mass shooting in
modern U.S. history. Before the shooting he called 911 and swore
allegiance to the Islamic State.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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