On Wednesday afternoon, a jury acquitted a guy who had been charged with entering the Washington Capitol building on January 6 after he successfully argued that police let him pass.
Following a two-day bench trial, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden ruled that Matthew Martin, an engineer from New Mexico, was innocent. Martin had been arrested in April 2021 and charged with entering and remaining in an off-limits facility as well as disorderly and disruptive behavior.
According to the outlet, Martin stated during the trial that he saw no violence on Jan. 6 at the Capitol riot.
According to Buzzfeed News, Martin claimed during the trial that he had permission from police, who gave him access, according on to the document.
According to The Sun, the court determined that Martin should have known better since he walked past “ARE CLOSED” signs and continued filming as the mayhem unfolded. McFadden said that while prosecutors tried to claim Martin should have known better because he strolled by “ARE CLOSED” signs and proceeded to record and encounter the pandemonium, his “plausible” belief overpowered the arguments.
According to the outlet, based on video footage McFadden had reviewed, he wasn’t sure if Martin had been beckoned into the building by a police officer. According to McFadden, the video showed that when Martin waited for permission to enter the facility while the office spoke with another person, he went in after tapping the officer who then leaned back as a result of his actions (according to Star Witness).
During the trial, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s attorney David Martin stated that he would avoid the Capitol if given the chance to repeat the day.
“I liked all of the other things. I enjoyed the rally. It’s difficult for me to say that I’m sorry that I went to Washington, D.C.,” Martin added, according to the publication.
Mr. McFadden explained that he was not blaming the cops for their actions, but that Martin’s version of the events had been plausible.
On March 17, 2018, McFadden convicted Couy Griffin, the co-founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” in two cases. Griffin was found guilty of unlawfully entering the Capitol grounds and became the second person to be convicted in January’s six cases.
On March 8, a federal grand jury indicted Guy Wesley Reffitt on two counts of civil disorder and one count each of obstructing an official proceeding, entering and remaining on grounds with a weapon, and obstruction of justice. Reffitt was the first defendant in the Jan. 6 case to be tried.