Matthew Martin claimed the police let him into the entrance near the Capitol Rotunda.
US District Judge Trevor McFadden found former federal contractor Matthew Martin not guilty of four misdemeanor charges related to Jan. 6:
- Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
- Disorderly Conduct Which Impedes the Conduct of Government Business
- Disruptive Conduct in the Capitol Buildings
- Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in the Capitol Buildings
This is the first outright acquittal of a Jan. 6 defendant.
Martin “testified that a police officer waved him into the building after the riot erupted.” More from KOB4:
Dozens of Capitol riot defendants have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, but Martin is the first to testify at a trial. He said he “went with the flow” as he approached the Capitol and testified that he saw a police officer wave him into the building. Martin remained inside the Capitol for about 10 minutes after entering the building through the Rotunda doors, according to prosecutors.
Martin said he “enjoyed the day” of the riot.
“It was a magical day in many ways,” he testified on Tuesday before adding, “I know some bad things happened.”
Capital Police let Martin into the Capitol Building. He did not commit any violence. This is the correct decision by Judge McFadden. Continue to pray for all of the political prisoners🙏🏽. This story is still developing. Follow me to keep updated!
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) April 6, 2022
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