Trial begins for widow of Orlando nightclub gunman

Posted on 03/01/2018, in Cases, Gun Control, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    Today was day 6 of jury selection. Jury selection will continue tomorrow.

    Ultimately there will be 12 jurors with 6 alternates.

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    The jury has been selected. Opening statements will be on Wednesday.

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Opening statements held in Noor Salman trial”

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    • Yahtzee,
      Thanks so much for the updates.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        YW, Xena.

        Thanks for all you do to help bring about a better world!

        It is wonderful for me to be connected to you, who along with me spreads this message:

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        • Yahtzee,
          Thank you for your kind words. All I do is blog so I don’t know if I deserve the credit you give to me. (((((Hugs))))) By the way, where are you spreading your message? I want to follow and support you.

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    Noor Salman trial: Prosecution rests its case against Pulse gunman’s widow, amid evidence dispute
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/os-noor-salman-pulse-trial-day-14-story.html
    Excerpt:

    The judge scolded prosecutors after an FBI agent testified that he knew within days of the Pulse massacre that cellphone data contradicted Salman’s claim to FBI agents that she had driven around the nightclub with her husband prior to the attack.

    “I’ve heard many, many times the drive around Pulse nightclub had occurred,” U.S. District Judge Paul Byron said.

    Specifically, Byron took issue with a motion the government had filed in March 2017, two months after Salman’s arrest, seeking to have her bail revoked. Byron ultimately granted that request.

    The motion noted that Salman “admitted to law enforcement that she went with her husband to Orlando and drove around the Pulse night club prior to the attack.”

    But according to the testimony of FBI Special Agent Richard Fennern on Thursday, the government by then would have known for some time that digital evidence — including data from the smart phones of both Salman and Mateen — suggested the two did not visit Pulse on June 8, 2016.

    The revelation prompted Salman’s defense team to request a new bond hearing — even as her trial is nearing its end.

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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Judge denies motion to drop case against widow of Pulse gunman”
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/26/us/noor-salman-pulse-trial-fbi-informant/index.html
    Excerpt:

    CNN)A judge has denied a motion for dismissal by lawyers for the widow of the Pulse gunman after they said new details from prosecutors reveal the shooter’s father was an FBI informant who is currently under a criminal investigation.

    The judge said the fact that Omar Mateen’s father worked as an FBI informant was not relevant to the case against Noor Salman.

    According to a motion filed by the defense, Assistant US Attorney Sara Sweeney sent an email to the defense on Saturday — in the middle of Salman’s trial — that stated Seddique Mateen was a confidential FBI source at various points in time between January 2005 through June 2016.

    The email also stated that Seddique Mateen is being investigated for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan after documents were found in his home on June 12, 2016, the day of the Pulse attack. The dates of the money transfers were between March 16, 2016, and June 5, 2016, according to the email.

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    • Yahtzee,
      Thanks for the update. I read that a bit ago and wondered how the killer’s dad being an FBI informant was relevant. It looks as if this is going to be a long trial.

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  6. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Noor Salman trial: Testimony concludes in trial of Pulse gunman Omar Mateen’s widow”
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/os-noor-salman-pulse-trial-day-17-story.html

    Excerpt:

    Noor Salman’s defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of Pulse gunman Omar Mateen’s widow, after calling an expert who testified that Salman is “very vulnerable and at much higher risk than the average person” to give a false confession.

    Salman, 31, did not testify during her trial. Jurors will hear closing arguments on Wednesday, which will likely last into the afternoon, and then begin deliberating whether Salman should be found guilty of obstruction of justice and of aiding and abetting her husband, who gunned down 49 people in the gay club almost two years ago.

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  7. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Jury finds Noor Salman not guilty of all charges connected to Pulse nightclub shooting”

    https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/crime/2018/03/30/jury-reaches-verdict-trial-noor-salman-widow-pulse-shooter-omar-mateen/472612002/

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    • Yahtzee,
      Thanks for the news. It was my impression that she would be acquitted. She took no part in the massacre, even if she suspected that her husband would carry it out.

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