In Orlando federal court, judge warns Noor Salman attorneys

By Christina Jensen, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 11:18 AM EDT

A federal judge in Orlando on Thursday declined to sanction attorneys for the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen over a missed deadline.

  • Noor Salman appeared in federal court in Orlando for hearing
  • Her defense attorneys were threatened with sanctions
  • Judge warned attorneys over missed deadline but didn't sanction them
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Noor Salman is charged with obstruction and aiding her husband before the June 2016 terror attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where he killed 49 people and injured dozens.

Her defense team claims she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder before the attack.

U.S. District Judge Paul Byron scheduled the hearing because he was contemplating sanctions against Salman's attorneys.

Salman was required to attend the hearing.

Byron sealed an order containing the details of the sanctions, so it's not clear what specifically those sanctions were, but they centered on the judge giving defense attorneys an Aug. 1 deadline to present expert testimony.

In federal court Thursday, Byron warned defense attorney Charles Swift to pay closer attention to deadlines and to file motions when he needs extensions. Attorney Mark Horwitz, who represented three defense attorneys, said government data needed for one of the experts wasn't received till Aug. 3.

In the end, Byron told the defense to be more careful next time.

A jury for Salman's trial should be picked by March 1, 2018, and the trial should start a few days later.