Noor Salman acquitted in Pulse Nightclub shooting

Dianna Christensen
April 2, 2018

A jury has acquitted Noor Salman of all charges related to her alleged involvement in the Pulse nightclub massacre. Sarah C. Sweeney, an assistant United States attorney, said that Salman thought Pulse was a part of Disney World, and thus was still guilty of knowing about Mateen's plans.

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon before returning with a verdict Friday morning.

Salman was charged with providing material support to the Islamic State and with obstructing justice.

Prosecutors had said Salamn helped her husband Omar Mateen to prepare for the attack and later lied to the FBI to hinder the investigation.

Had she been convicted, Salman, 31, would have faced up to life in prison.

Salman also said in the statement that she had accompanied Mateen while casing Pulse and other potential targets. She had fled to the Bay Area from Florida after the shooting with her four-year-old son. "She was not his peer, she was not his partner, and she was not his confidant". The jury was given only a written statement.

In the statement, authorities claim Salman said Mateen carried out the attack in the name of ISIS.

Her lawyers also stated that they had faith in her innocence.

After the verdict, prosecutors said they were disappointed in the jury's decision and took no questions.

He responded: "You know what happened?" "He can not be punished", the statement read. "I wish I had been more truthful", she wrote in the statement.

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Sarah C. Sweeney, an assistant U.S. attorney, declared that Salman thought Pulse was inside of Disney World, which they indeed had visited, so she was confused as to where Pulse "was".

"The FBI needs to start recording their statements".

Several protesters gathered outside the nightclub to protest the verdict.

"The fact that these things are ultimately corroborated shows you that the defendant did not give a false confession", Sweeney said.

Offering an especially chilling detail, Ms. Sweeney suggested that Mr. Mateen bought a baby carriage and doll at a Walmart the night before the massacre so that he could hide his AR-15 assault rifle and draw no suspicion as he walked toward what prosecutors believe was his intended target, the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex, formerly known as Downtown Disney. She said her husband only had one gun when he had three, and that he wasn't radicalized. But he was spooked by the police presence there and switched plans, ultimately choosing to strike at Pulse. "I think that she knew that he was up to something". Her supporters said that the prosecution's attack on the widow was "rooted in gendered Islamophobia and patriarchy" and "guilt by association". "I told you so and now I came to tell you I told you so, she is innocent". "Not in any way, shape, or form".

"It's a frightful, random, senseless killing by a monster", Mr Swift said during closing arguments. "But it wasn't pre-planned". Her lawyers said she had no knowledge and was mentally and physically abused by him. To the defense, she was a simple-minded person, susceptible to manipulation. "She knew what he was doing". They learned that Mateen had made his wife a death beneficiary on his accounts.

Her family members who were present gasped each time the words "not guilty" were pronounced. They also heard from Nemo, a friend who Mateen sometimes claimed to be visiting during his affairs, testimony indicated.

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The family said it did not know when or if Noor Salman would be returning to the Bay Area. "She asked where you were xoxo".

Salman's attorneys argued she was not an accomplice in the case, but a victim.

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