Judge agrees to release widow of Pulse shooter

Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu cast doubt on the claims by federal prosecutors that the 31-year-old Salman is a flight risk or danger to public safety. The massacre, the worst mass shooting in modern American history, has been classified as an act of terror by federal authorities.

"She herself is not charged with providing material support to a terrorist organisation", the judge said, noting that Salman has no criminal record and that friends and former teachers called her "peaceful and nonviolent".

If released, Salman will live with her uncle in the San Francisco Bay Area and be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

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Daniels said he does not know if Salman will be in Orlando for the hearing.

Her attorneys say she would be released Friday on a $500,000 bond. She can only leave the house for court appearances, meetings with her lawyers and doctor's appointments. A trial has not been scheduled.

Orlando police Chief John Mina said he was disappointed with the judge's decision, but praised the work of federal investigators on the case. Salman's 4-year-old son with Mateen, who is living with her mother, will be allowed to visit. They point to her actions on the night of the attack in which she shopped for a Father's Day gift for Mateen and planned a family vacation as evidence that she was unaware of her husband's violent plans. She will be released after two days, during which the government can appeal. Ryu has ordered a psychiatric evaluation.

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"The Florida court has the right to come to a different decision", Ryu said, according to KCBS. They said Salman accompanied Mateen on scouting trips to the nightclub before he carried out the deadly attack on June 12.

Salman's attorneys have maintained she was a battered spouse who knew nothing of Mateen's plans.

Her lawyers have argued she was a victim of a "tragic marriage" to Mateen, and that she had no prior knowledge of the attack.

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Swift wrote in a motion for her release that Salman is not religious at all and that her connection to the crime was only through "her tragic marriage" to Mateen.


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