Judge Agrees to Keep Pulse Gunman's Wife in Jail

Noor Salman has pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice

A judge has granted prosecutors' request to keep the wife of the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooter in jail, at least for now.

U.S. District Judge Paul Byron in Orlando issued the order late Thursday.

The order states Noor Salman should stay in jail while the judge decides if she should remain in custody until her trial. She is charged with helping her husband scout out potential targets.

A day earlier, a federal magistrate judge in Oakland, California, ordered Salman's release, saying it's "debatable'' whether the government has enough evidence to convict her. That judge ordered the release for as early as Friday.

Salman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The criminal charges were filed in Orlando but the detention hearing was held in Oakland, California, because Salman was living in the Bay Area at the time she was taken into custody.

"In terms of Noor being released ... we don't know," said Linda Moreno, one of her attorneys, prior to the judge's decision.

Salman has pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice. She faces life in prison if she is convicted.

Salman's husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub on June 12. The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. Mateen was eventually killed by police.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday moved to keep Salman in jail.

In their motion, prosecutors said there is a presumption in the law for Salman to be held in jail since the crime involves terrorism, and that prosecutors need not show anything more than an indictment to back up their request.

"Here, the defendant proffered evidence of her husband's alleged abuse, the affidavits of friends and family, and her lack of overall danger in support of an argument that she does not constitute a flight risk or danger to the community," the prosecutors said. "Such proffered evidence falls far short of justifying a finding in favor of release, particularly in light of the nature of the charged offense."

Moreno said the motion seemed a rehash of what was argued in the California courtroom.

"The court found that the evidence they claim supports these allegations was debatable," Moreno said. "It's far more than debatable. It's groundless."

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