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At Trial of Omar Mateen’s Wife, Judge’s Questioning Reveals a Huge Hole in Prosecution’s Case and Deceit by Prosecutors

By The Intercept

The decision to prosecute Noor Salman was very odd from the start. Today, the case against her all but fell apartRead full story

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  • I read this story with my jaw dropped! At some point I heard the voice of Nancy Grace dropping her famous opening line “bombshell tonight” and then breaking down the details of complete disfunction behind this prosecutor’s case.

    The Pulse shooters wife has a low IQ and is highly suggestible, not unlike

    I read this story with my jaw dropped! At some point I heard the voice of Nancy Grace dropping her famous opening line “bombshell tonight” and then breaking down the details of complete disfunction behind this prosecutor’s case.

    The Pulse shooters wife has a low IQ and is highly suggestible, not unlike a soon to be free Brendan Dassey, who was featured in the documentary Making A Murderer and who delivered the now retracted lynchpin testimony that got Steven Avery convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach.

  • These are the exact interrogation techniques that have been proven time and time again to result in false confessions, especially from vulnerable people such as children, minorities, the mentally-disabled: “They had detained and questioned her for 17 hours, the first several hours of which her infant

    These are the exact interrogation techniques that have been proven time and time again to result in false confessions, especially from vulnerable people such as children, minorities, the mentally-disabled: “They had detained and questioned her for 17 hours, the first several hours of which her infant son was with her. The incriminating statements were written not by Salman, but by FBI agents, based on their claims about what Salman had said during their interviews with her — interviews which they did not record.”

    It’s shameful they’re still in employ today.

  • "In front of the jury, a glaring hole in the prosecutors’ case was exposed by the questioning of FBI Special Agent Richard Fennern directly from U.S. District Judge Paul Byron. Outside the presence of the jury, the judge in angry tones made clear that he believed he had been misled for months by prosecutors

    "In front of the jury, a glaring hole in the prosecutors’ case was exposed by the questioning of FBI Special Agent Richard Fennern directly from U.S. District Judge Paul Byron. Outside the presence of the jury, the judge in angry tones made clear that he believed he had been misled for months by prosecutors about a key part of the government’s evidence, which was exposed today as being a fraud."

    Another example of how Elected Prosecutors have too much pull in the United States. Samantha Bee just did an excellent expose on her March 14 episode that shed light on the fact that they have unchecked authority over a variety of issues they probably shouldn't.

  • I bet those cops were using The Reid Technique during interrogation. It’s something that the UK stopped using after a bunch of psychology studies in the 90’s showed that it, along with it’s derivative techniques contributed to the production of false confessions. This is especially true among people

    I bet those cops were using The Reid Technique during interrogation. It’s something that the UK stopped using after a bunch of psychology studies in the 90’s showed that it, along with it’s derivative techniques contributed to the production of false confessions. This is especially true among people who are especially prone to confessing falsely; like children or the intellectually disabled.

  • It's outrageous that false evidence was used to keep Noor Salman in jail for an entire year without the possibility of parole! The same thing happened to Adnan Syed, and in the first season of Serial they pointed out a variety of reasons why not being granted parole during your trial makes you more likely

    It's outrageous that false evidence was used to keep Noor Salman in jail for an entire year without the possibility of parole! The same thing happened to Adnan Syed, and in the first season of Serial they pointed out a variety of reasons why not being granted parole during your trial makes you more likely to get convicted. It seems this FL prosecutor, along with Syed's in Maryland both dug heavily into their Muslim faith to paint a portrait of significant flight risks.

    Like they say, if you're not mad, you're not paying attention.

  • I think the law enforcement officials just wanted someone to blame. It’s obvious that this woman had no idea what was going on and they’ve take a year of her life. They should be charged, while I understand that they’re trying to make sure that “someone pays” what they did is wrong and they should be

    I think the law enforcement officials just wanted someone to blame. It’s obvious that this woman had no idea what was going on and they’ve take a year of her life. They should be charged, while I understand that they’re trying to make sure that “someone pays” what they did is wrong and they should be punished. I don’t understand how things like this happen and the people that made it happen are not held accountable. They share in this responsibility and should shoulder something more than a slap on the wrist or issuing an apology.

  • Romantic relationships, to me, are one of the most interesting dynamics when it comes to killers. Both when the significant other IS indeed involved and when they are in the dark. Often it is difficult to understand their complex involvement in the crime associated with their partner.

    Carla Homolka

    Romantic relationships, to me, are one of the most interesting dynamics when it comes to killers. Both when the significant other IS indeed involved and when they are in the dark. Often it is difficult to understand their complex involvement in the crime associated with their partner.

    Carla Homolka was seen as a victim until later in the Bernardo case. Innocent partners were completely in the dark about their partners crimes such as Paula Rader or Linda Yates. It's hard not to think "how the hell didnt they know....?"

    Reading the nature of the questioning is a story that seems to be told more and more these days. The Confession Tapes, Making a Murderer, and many more mediums are exploring the tactics used in interrogation rooms.

    Preconcieved notions of partner relationships can skew anyones approach in questioning them. A "how could they not know?!" can guide an investigation as much as assuming innocence. In any case the best way to avoid bias is to try and disprove your own agenda. If you believe she' involved, look at the opposing evidence. There is a need for a new approach to questioning for all - not just partners.

    This is a very tough case, despite the evidence stacking against the case of her involvement it only disproves that they did not drive by, not that she had no knowledge. Based on the facts shared in this article...it's not enough to form a conclusion around her involvement and the nature of the case so far will likely mar the outcome of the rest.

  • The more I read on this case, the more I become convinced the procesutuon took this case to court just to have someone to punish. This case is heartbreaking and I am personally impacted by it but we can't let emotion get in the way of our pursuit of justice. The prosecution's case here is shaky at best

    The more I read on this case, the more I become convinced the procesutuon took this case to court just to have someone to punish. This case is heartbreaking and I am personally impacted by it but we can't let emotion get in the way of our pursuit of justice. The prosecution's case here is shaky at best and what little they have is crumbling beneath them.

    The evidence seems to point to the defendant being a battered woman; while we would all like to think if we were in that position, we would know our husband's actions, the majority of battered women just try to steer clear of their abuser. For this reason, I don't agree with this case and I believe she is innocent.

  • The treatment of this woman is atrocious. If this were a case of a regular U.S. citizen, the wife would be exempt from testifying against her husband. Why should this be different? I fear that we won’t get the truth. It seems like agendas as being pushed & they’re trying to close the case by using religion

    The treatment of this woman is atrocious. If this were a case of a regular U.S. citizen, the wife would be exempt from testifying against her husband. Why should this be different? I fear that we won’t get the truth. It seems like agendas as being pushed & they’re trying to close the case by using religion as an excuse. The fact that she has a low I.Q. concerns me. She can be easily manipulated. We’re a country that prides itself on fair prosecution. This is not happening in this case.

  • I fully support that the FBI would approach the spouses of domestic terrorists with an abundance of caution and in the best interest of the general public. I think where this goes off the rails is when they found out a few days later that her confession wasn't plausible. They had a duty to disclose that

    I fully support that the FBI would approach the spouses of domestic terrorists with an abundance of caution and in the best interest of the general public. I think where this goes off the rails is when they found out a few days later that her confession wasn't plausible. They had a duty to disclose that to her legal team and didn't. It's and overstep of power and downright unacceptable.

  • If true as written this is clearly an abuse of power. If the FBI lied from the beginning about key elements of evidence that would be a travesty. Bold face lies for months? There will be consequences both in the courtroom and outside.

  • When will we stop blaming women for things the men in their life do. False evidence and scare tactics including a false confession due to them threatening to take her child away from her. I understand what happened was a horrible atrocious thing and the monster responsible is not here to be prosecuted

    When will we stop blaming women for things the men in their life do. False evidence and scare tactics including a false confession due to them threatening to take her child away from her. I understand what happened was a horrible atrocious thing and the monster responsible is not here to be prosecuted but this women more than likely had nothing to do with it. Her low IQ accompanied with years of abuse. I hope she finds peace.

  • This seems very unfair. They are treating her like she was the attacker. Without any evidence that she has anything to do with the attack why is she being harassed? Interrogating people with Low IQs is becoming a huge problem. We have seen this happen with WM3 & Avery case (that’s just 2 big cases)

    This seems very unfair. They are treating her like she was the attacker. Without any evidence that she has anything to do with the attack why is she being harassed? Interrogating people with Low IQs is becoming a huge problem. We have seen this happen with WM3 & Avery case (that’s just 2 big cases). This was such a shocking article to read.

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