Was the prosecution hoping for a mistrial?
UPDATE (FROM GLENN): The mysterious lack of information on the Las Vegas shooter is causing me to wonder if he was some sort of federal informant, too, or if one was sufficiently hooked in that it would be embarrassing to release. We’ll probably find out eventually.
Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, was an FBI informant for more than a decade before the 2016 mass shooting and is facing acriminal investigation in connection with money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan, it was revealed on Monday during the trial of Mateen’s widow.
FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin also testified that he considered developing Omar Mateen as an informant after closing an investigation into comments Mateen made at work in 2013 about belonging to terrorist organizations.
Defense lawyers for Noor Salman argued the case against her should be thrown out or declared a mistrial, but U.S. District Judge Paul Byron rejected that request.
“This trial is not about Seddique Mateen. It’s about Noor Salman,” Byron said.
Afterward, Salman hunched over the table in front of her and held her face in her hands while lawyers spoke privately with the judge.
According to a motion filed by Salman’s lawyers, the defense team learned of Seddique Mateen’s work for the FBI on Saturday, in an email from prosecutor Sara Sweeney. Sweeney said the elder Mateen had been an FBI source “at various points” between January 2005 and June 2016. Seddique Mateen was on prosecutors’ witness list but they rested their case last week without calling him to testify.