Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Acquitted

Noor Salman, 31, was acquitted at trial on her charges of Obstruction and Providing Material Support to a Terrorist Organization for her alleged connection to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub that her husband, Omar Mateen, carried out in 2016. Her attorneys argued that she was an abused spouse, that Mateen concealed much about his life from her, and that there was no way she could have known he would attack Pulse nightclub. Ultimately, a jury agreed that the government did not prove her contributions and found her not guilty. Whether or not she could have done something to stop it is another story: but her failure to stop him would not be criminal.

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2 responses to “Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Acquitted

  1. Bukko Boomeranger

    Yours being a blog that focuses on abuses in the legal system, I woulda thought you’d mention the prosecutorial misconduct. Things such as putting words in Salman’s mouth for her alleged admission that she helped Mateen scout the Pulse, and how her mobile phone tracking records showed that she had not been in the areas that cops claimed she had been when supposedly casing the joint on her way back from Disney. For once the Big Brother surveillance system that is a modern phone HELPED a prole. Procedure in the case stunk. I hope the jury took the crooked way the case was handled into account and that this was an episode of nullification. Dirty prosecutors deserve that.

    • I hadn’t been able to follow the trial on the case, but I was speaking to an attorney friend who indicated there were multiple troubling issues that suggested misconduct, from not revealing that the father was an informant, to not disclosing relevant and possibly exculpatory location information from cell phones… this was a problematic prosecution that ultimately ended in no finding of culpability.

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