Buzzfeed News stated that Friday's ruling was a blow to the Department of Justice, which has had a high conviction rate for terrorism-related cases.
By the time the judge's clerk announced the final "not guilty", Salman openly sobbed. "I will stand here in front of you when the jury comes with the verdict to tell you 'I told you so.' I now I come here to tell you 'I told you so, it's innocent'".
Ms Salman broke down in tears after the verdict and hugged her defence lawyers, CNN reported. Poma issued a statement later saying the verdict "cannot and will not divide us".
Among the discontented was a group of protesters who gathered outside Pulse to protest the verdict.
"She may not be guilty, but she's not innocent", said Louis Morales, 50, who lives in nearby Altamonte Springs and frequented the club with his partner. "We're supposed to believe she had long conversations with Omar Mateen about jihads?" the defense said in its closing argument.
"The more we learned", he said, "the better Noor Salman looked".
"Noor Salman should never have been on trial", said Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She may not have known what day, or what location, but she knew.
Salman was at home with the couple's then 3-year-old son when the mass shooting took place.
In the statement, authorities claim Salman said Mateen carried out the attack in the name of ISIS. His intended target was the Disney Springs complex, prosecutors said.
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Jurors, though, were not asked to weigh in on the horror Mateen inflicted, but rather, to assess his wife's culpability in the matter. The jury had been provided with a signed confession that said she helped her husband.
"I wish I had done the right thing, but my fear held me back", she wrote. "On the contrary, we were convinced she did know". They noted that on the morning of the attack, she frantically texted her husband, asking, "What happened?!"
The Intercept has done invaluable work debunking numerous falsehoods relating to the case that were spread by the public, the media, and the government. They said Salman is not capable of being "calculating", "deceptive" or "able to connect the dots".
But the defense portrayed her as an easily manipulated woman with a low IQ and argued that she signed a false confession because she was exhausted after extensive questioning and feared losing her young son.
Some other evidence was mixed.
Salman's attorneys argued that their client was not an accomplice but a simple-minded victim of her husband's infidelity and lies.
Her mother also expressed sympathy for those who were killed in the massacre.
Prosecutors had also accused Salman of obstructing the investigation by lying to the FBI.
During the trial, prosecutors said Mateen, who was born in NY to Afghan immigrants, meant to attack Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and instead chose the gay club as his target. Those, they argued, did not seem to be the actions of someone who knew Mateen was about to die in a terrorist-inspired shooting.
The jurors have been deliberating since Wednesday as to whether or not Salman was guilty of the charges pinned against her. "That's what they prevented".