After a two-day bench trial, U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden acquitted January 6 defendant Matthew Martin of all charges. Martin is the first J6 defendant to have all his charges dropped.
Matthew Martin and his lawyer speak outside the courthouse after his acquittal. Martin wants his job back. pic.twitter.com/QwYD7RhOMs
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) April 6, 2022
Martin chose a bench trial before Judge McFadden rather than a trial by jury. Now that he has been acquitted, he is hoping to get his job back. Prior to his arrest he worked as an engineer at Los Alamos and held a top-secret security clearance.
Martin was cleared of the following misdemeanor charges:
- disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building
- violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building
- entering and remaining in a restricted building
- parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building
I spoke to several people that day who said police invited them in, plus there is video of police holding doors open and waving in throngs of people who just strolled through. https://t.co/aSQk9Y3IOy
— Susan Ferrechio (@susanferrechio) April 6, 2022
Judge McFadden is a Trump appointee from 2017. He convicted Couy Griffin, a member of a pro-Trump group called “Cowboys for Trump,” for illegally entering the Capitol grounds, but acquitted him on a disorderly conduct charge.
McFadden declared that it was reasonable for Martin to believe that police, heavily outnumbered, were allowing protestors into the Capitol. He further stated that Martin’s actions that day were “as minimal and non-serious” as anyone who was at the Capitol on January 6.
FACT-O-RAMA! Lois Lynn McNicoll, 69, was arrested by the FBI for illegally entering the Capitol despite a photo showing a Capitol police officer holding the door for her.
FBI agents tracked down and arrested a 69-year-old woman for entering the US Capitol 5 months ago.
Lois Lynn McNicoll was charged with " intentionally entering or staying in any closed building or territory without lawful authority, as well as forcible entry pic.twitter.com/oyL45hshIq
— mike meyers (@meyersmike8160) June 30, 2021
Martin testified that he was waved in by a police officer. A prosecutor called this testimony “nonsense” but a video shows officers allowing people in, and Martin placing a hand on an officer’s shoulder in what appears to be a sign of gratitude.
Despite a lack of weapons found on January 6, some left-leaning news organizations still insist on calling January 6 an “insurrection.” Eleven members of a group called the “Oath Keepers” have been charged with “seditious conspiracy,” though no one has yet been charged with “sedition,” which is the act of rebellion against the government.
Capitol Police admitted under oath they invited people into the Capitol then claimed they trespassed.
That’s entrapment. In a nation w/a functioning criminal justice system all charges would be dismissed with prejudice and the Capitol cops involved would be fired and prosecuted.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) April 7, 2022
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