Noor Salman, 31, is charged with aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, in planning the 2016 attack on the Pulse nightclub in which 49 people were killed. She faces life in prison if convicted.
U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron said the trial could last five weeks or more. Jurors were asked whether they could be impartial in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, and also asked if they believe the war on terror targets Muslims. They were also quizzed on whether they knew survivors or victims of a terrorist attack.
Mateen, who had pledged allegiance to Daesh, or the Islamic State, was killed by police in the hours after the shooting. At the time of the attack, it was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It was surpassed last October by the fatal shooting of 58 people in Las Vegas.
Salman was arrested in California in 2017, where she was staying with family, and has been jailed since.
From various court documents, it is expected that the defence will say Salman was abused by her husband and feared for her life. Her attorneys also claim she wasn’t given proper Miranda warnings, which tell suspects they have a right to remain silent and have an attorney present, before she made statements.
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