(FeaturedNews.com) – Matthew Martin became the first person who was charged with a crime for the events of January 6, 2021, and subsequently acquitted on all charges. US District Judge Trevor McFadden ruled that Martin was a bystander and observer of the actions of others.
The judge called the defendants actions 'about as minimal and non-serious' as anyone who entered the Capitol on January 6. https://t.co/lD4tDD6u1Q
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According to the Associated Press, McFadden believed Martin’s testimony as sincere. The New Mexico man said he casually walked into the Capitol, waved along by police. Judge McFadden confirmed the story by noting there was a video showing Martin touching an officer’s shoulder as he passed, possibly relaying gratitude.
The case is one of three in which defendants chose their right to a bench trial. Judge McFadden, appointed by former President Donald Trump, is the only one to rule in favor of the accused. Martin’s case brings with it video evidence that the judge believes made it reasonable to think that officers simply allowed protesters to walk in because of sheer numbers, even with sirens blaring.
McFadden called Martin’s actions “about as minimal and non-serious” as any that occurred on January 6. He stated there’s no reason for him to believe the defendant engaged in any kind of disruption to the electoral process. Martin’s defense that he “went with the flow” could pave the way for others still awaiting their day in court.
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