A Federal Judge for the District of Columbia found Matthew Martin not guilty of trespassing and disorderly conduct on January 6 at the nation’s Capitol.
Judge Trevor N. McFadden said the defendant plausibly argued that police officers allowed him into the building.
Martin was facing four misdemeanor charges for illegally entering the U.S. Capitol and engaging in disorderly conduct.
The judge said Martin appeared to just be a “silent observer of the actions of others.” He did not find any evidence that Martin intended to disrupt Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
The New York Times reported:
Prosecutors argued that Mr. Martin was aware that he had entered the building illegally given that signs of the riot were clearly apparent all around him, including tear gas and alarms going off.
Ruling in favor of the defense, Judge Trevor N. McFadden said he found it plausible that Mr. Martin believed the police had let him in and thus had not knowingly gone into the building improperly. Judge McFadden acquitted Mr. Martin of four misdemeanors: entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Other judges are not bound by Judge McFadden’s analysis of Mr. Martin’s claims about the police. But in the wake of the acquittal, some defendants facing low-level charges who might otherwise have entered guilty pleas could feel emboldened to go to trial and test the government’s cases against them. More than 200 people have already pleaded guilty to misdemeanors connected to the riot.
This is a great win for many people wrongly accused and imprisoned for the events on January 6.
In June another Federal Judge ordered the release of a January 6th defendant.
The Raging Patriot previously reported:
A federal judge has ordered a January 6th defendant to be released from the DC jail. This comes after an unannounced inspection by US Marshals last month showed inhospitable conditions at the prison facility.
Judge Royce Lamberth in a statement said that the conditions in the jail were “deplorable” and “beyond belief” and ordered the immediate transfer of defendant Christopher Worrell to a different facility.
This court has zero confidence that the DC jail” The Marshals inspection discovered the inhumane conditions at the D.C. jail like shutting down water in many cells for multiple days, clogged toilets.
More than 840 people were arrested for the events at the Capitol on January 6, and now, almost 18 months after people are still awaiting their sentencing.