Florida: Jurors In Trial Of Orlando Jihad Mass Murderer’s Wife Asked Their Views Of Muslims And Islam

From the Orlando Sentinel:
More than a dozen potential jurors were questioned in Noor Salman’s trial Monday, with four of them staying in the jury pool and seven excused.

U.S. District Judge Paul Byron held off making decisions on two more jurors, who said they have to check with their work or their family to see if they will be able to sit through the three-week trial.

Salman, 31, is charged with aiding and abetting her husband, Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, and of obstruction of justice….

Some jurors were asked what they think about Muslims and Islam, and whether their views on the religion will impact their ability to judge Salman fairly.

The woman who was kept in the pool attended an interfaith class at her church last year because she said she “didn’t understand what was going on in the country.”

She said she found Islam to be non-violent and learned Muslims and Christians “have a lot in common.”…

“The president is part of the government and acts unfairly toward Muslims,” a male college student responded.

He said he thinks the government takes a more aggressive stance toward Muslims when making laws and referenced President Donald Trump’s travel bans.

The juror was excused due to scheduling conflicts after saying he would be at risk of failing this semester from missing classes while in court.

Another man, who was also excused, said he had certain beliefs about Muslims based on his friends’ military experiences overseas. A friend served in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. They told him stories that led him to believe Muslim women are submissive to their husbands. He said he would try to set aside his friends’ stories but also said there would have to be something convincing to change his belief.

Salman, who has been animated in court, looked to her lawyer with eyebrows raised and nodded when another woman described beliefs that some Muslims are influenced to do bad while others are peaceful.

“Some Muslims are brainwashed to do horrible things” while others are “like me” and never hurt a person, the woman explained….

Other jurors who knew people killed or injured but said they could remain impartial were kept in the jury pool. Byron and attorneys in the case asked jurors about their views on terrorist attacks, including those on Sept. 11, 2001….

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