Jury Selection Begins for Orlando Shooter’s Widow


Karen Greenberg was quoted in a Capital Public Radio article about the trial of Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

Jury selection begins Thursday in the trial of Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter.

Salman’s husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and injured dozens more in a mass shooting on Latin night at the gay club in Orlando, Fla., in 2016. Mateen declared support for ISIS before he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, ending his three-hour rampage.

Salman faces charges of aiding and abetting terrorism and obstruction of justice.

According to Karen Greenberg, the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University Law School, one of the biggest challenges facing the jurors will be separating the shooter’s actions from Salman’s.

“You really want to address the tremendous tragedy and injustice that was visited upon Orlando’s people by this crime,” Greenberg says. “To have somebody in custody who is a proxy defendant is something you definitely want to avoid.”

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