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Former Federal Contractor Found Not Guilty of Charges Related to Jan. 6

Former Federal Contractor Found Not Guilty of Charges Related to Jan. 6

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.”

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This is a good judge we should all be grateful for

Thank God

Offer of executive security rejected. An invitation extended. Civil rights denied. A riot forced by capriciously “pulling the rug” from underfoot. The elective abortion of an unarmed woman attempting to calm the “disorder”, then withdrawing to escape the progressive chaos. A probable Whitmer event.

Close The Fed | April 6, 2022 at 4:35 pm

This is a Trump-appointed judge from what I have read. Mr. Martin’s counsel was wise to opt for a bench trial (judge acts as the jury) and forego the jury trial since the D.C. juror pool is 98% leftist.

I am so happy for this guy, now free the other 750 political prisoners

    Fatkins in reply to Skip. | April 6, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Why a good plenty are criminals

      Peabody in reply to Fatkins. | April 6, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      Good n plenty is licorice Fatkins

        Fatkins in reply to Peabody. | April 6, 2022 at 6:57 pm

        200+guilty pleas so far, and that’s just the start – wait until they work there way up to the top. Its always so reassuring that you have such principles as the rule of law.

          Milhouse in reply to Fatkins. | April 6, 2022 at 7:43 pm

          Most of those guilty pleas were coerced.

          Paul in reply to Fatkins. | April 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm

          You have the logical skills of a ham sandwich.

          Fatkins in reply to Fatkins. | April 6, 2022 at 9:07 pm

          @milhouse

          Nope they were open and shut cases and they read the writing on the wall. They had the same opportunities for justice that most Americans get.

          Fatkins in reply to Fatkins. | April 6, 2022 at 9:09 pm

          @paul

          Oh really, you’ll be able to define clearly why my logic is flawed then.

          Gosport in reply to Fatkins. | April 7, 2022 at 5:26 am

          It’s amazing what one will cop to after a year in prison awaiting trial.

          BobM in reply to Fatkins. | April 7, 2022 at 10:18 am

          Fatkins – few points….
          1) by “work their way to the top” ima assuming you still believe Trump ordered the ones who DID break in to do so.
          2) problem – his big speach to the 100,000 crowd where he explicitly asked for peaceful protest. Which is neither treason nor criminal but instead a civil right.
          3) every “Trump Conspired!” Theory on this – like the “Trump is a Manchurian Candidate!” Theories is bunk.
          4) including the recent “Missing 7.5 hours!” One which ignored that Trump alway did/did-not go thru the landline switchboard based on whether he was in the residence or the office part of the white house. Which is neither criminal nor unique to Trump nor a frigin’ smoking gun.
          5) Dem officials have challenged the presidential electoral count e every very time a (R) won for decades. Why is this “treason” THIS time?
          6) less than 1% of those in DC to protest went to the capitol – less than that went in – less than that went in opposed by guards. Or otherwise broke any non-misdemeanor law. Most incompetent use of resources EVAH if criminal mischief was the goal here. Almost rises to Biden levels.

          Gosport in reply to Fatkins. | April 7, 2022 at 2:24 pm

          There was no “attempt to overthrow the government”. There was a protest that turned violent over a massively fraudulent election.

          However, this wasn’t exactly the first time that protestors have stormed the Capitol or impeded Govt operations. Were they all attempts to overthrow the govt and if not why?

          1971, Weather Underground set off a bomb in a bathroom in the Capitol.
          1983: M-19 (communist organization) bomb the Senate Chamber.
          2018: Anti-Kavanaugh protestors stormed the Capitol breaking through barricades and took over the Hart Senate office building.
          2020: Leftist BLM related rioters breach the fence of the White House. More than 50 Secret Service officers injured,
          2021: Climate Change radicals breach fence of White House, attacked Secret Service officers, and blocked all access to or escape from the building.

          On a State-level note from 2011: The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison was taken over and occupied by protesters battling against right-to-work legislation opposed by government employee unions.

          The difference is that the left controls the govt right now and has controlled the media for decades so it gets to pick the outrages they want to be outraged about and the terms used to describe them.

          Milhouse in reply to Fatkins. | April 8, 2022 at 1:20 am

          That said it was civil unrest for understandable reason that blacks keep getting murdered by the police.

          And that is an outright lie. The entire BLM movement is built on that lie.

      Ironclaw in reply to Fatkins. | April 6, 2022 at 11:57 pm

      Then they should have their trials and prove that in court. Do you have a problem with due process?

        BobM in reply to Ironclaw. | April 7, 2022 at 10:57 am

        Problem is being held for over a year without trial – let alone in solitary (which CAN be torture depending on circumstance) will coerce guilty pleas regardless of actual guilt. I’m sure more than one of those who pled after a year of no job no income and no right that to a speedy trial was coerced.

Call Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorneys, and sue.

I’d like to point out something that scares the hell out of us non-lawyers. He was tracked down halfway across the country and arrested a YEAR ago. For nearly a full year, the absolute force of the US Government was focused on this man, who did not know if suddenly he would have new charges thrown at him or yanked into a ‘high’ security jail for a bit of solitary confinement or fired. And for the crime of walking into a public building for less time than it takes to use the bathroom.

Thankfully, it seems he was not one of the hardened criminals incarcerated in the DC jail since it seems (if I squint a bit) that he was released on his own recognizance after his arrest, but still, the prosecution had to *know* this. They had to have looked at the video of him being waved into the building and *still* sworn out an arrest warrant. A ‘crime’ that normally gets a $50 fine and released the same day turned into an interstate manhunt that undoubtedly cost us taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, as well as hammered the finances of the defendant.

Kneel before Zod. Or else we’ll break you.

    Close The Fed in reply to georgfelis. | April 6, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    It scares us lawyers, too. They are enforcers for the regime and they act like it. Law be damned.

    Congress needs to clean out the D.C. authorities and come up with a method to ensure there is Tri-Partisan government so that an American will receive due process and equal protection in that jurisdiction.

      What do you call the Criminal Justice Reform Trump did?

        Fatkins in reply to Danny. | April 6, 2022 at 9:16 pm

        A good first step. But the reform itself highlights a deep divide between that act and the rhetoric. All you hear from right wingers is trope after trope. Oh the Dems are soft in crime, oh crime is rocketing and other such nonsense. It’s diametrically the opposite to the reform carried out. So yeah credit where credit is due but that doesn’t change the deafening nonsensical rhetoric coming from right wingers all the time.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Close The Fed. | April 6, 2022 at 8:49 pm

      Call me when BLM rioters are being manhunted across the country and we’ll believe your bullshit.

        Fatkins in reply to healthguyfsu. | April 6, 2022 at 9:17 pm

        Many were arrested but you have this thing called due process so if there isn’t enough evidence than sorry you have to release them. You can’t have rule of law without due process. It falls apart otherwise.

        healthguyfsu in reply to healthguyfsu. | April 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm

        Two problems with your lousy response.

        Now, you are attempting to show faith in the system that you mocked “right wingers” for just now realizing that is unjust. How does that track in your lousy logic brain? How much doublethink do you engage in daily?

        AGAIN, and I’ll try to go slow this time….

        Show me ANY that were manhunted ACROSS THE COUNTRY like this guy was. Then, maybe you’ll have a chance at making a point though your first dilemma is still problematic.

        JohnSmith100 in reply to healthguyfsu. | April 7, 2022 at 8:21 pm

        Fat, this is why people need to be armed and protecting themselves and their property. That is the kind of due process we need. Where circumstances make it legal, perps should be put down.

      DaveGinOly in reply to Close The Fed. | April 8, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Reading one of your replies above, it seems you believe in collective guilt/guilt by association. You cite “140” police who were “assaulted” and the presence of “weapons,” and think this is a valid objection to the defendant’s acquittal, even though he was not charged with those offenses.
      Where did you learn your civics, North Korea?

    Remember what we did in Boston over a $.01 tax?
    WTH is it going to take

      Danny in reply to rduke007. | April 6, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      A rebellion is something a government has a right and obligation to crush to pieces as quickly and efficiently as humanly possible. Rebellion was what the founding fathers did. If you are making a comparison you are an idiot who is justifying the brutal crackdown of the Biden Administration.

        henrybowman in reply to Danny. | April 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm

        “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”
        –Thomas Jefferson <——————- I'm with idiot.

          Danny in reply to henrybowman. | April 6, 2022 at 11:30 pm

          Thomas Jefferson was part of a rebellion if that describes you than yes Joe Biden and the FBI is justified in hunting you down. A rebellion is something governments have a right and obligation to crush. The British Government of Thomas Jefferson’s time period sent major forces to the seceding colonies and fought a long bloody war against the rebels.

          The reason the left is so dominant is we ditched centuries of governing traditions and basic knowledge of government painfully extracted from the 19th and 20th centuries in favor of 21st century anarchist larp. If Ron DeSantis had been doing the expansion of government in Florida I support him doing today in 2010 he would have been primaried as a “RINO” for daring to govern.

          Lets just abandon our anarchism larp, govern when given the power, and change a bad situation into a good situation.

          Nobody wants a civil war and if you actually start one it will be over in minutes and your only achievement will be a life sentence in a court of law.

        Ironclaw in reply to Danny. | April 7, 2022 at 12:00 am

        Thankfully you are wrong and things worked out as they did so we can enjoy freedoms we would never have under a monarch. As for Biden, go blow that totalitarian pedophile if you love the pedophile so much.

          Danny in reply to Ironclaw. | April 7, 2022 at 1:02 pm

          Everything I said is correct the fact that you didn’t try to debunk any of it is because you can’t. You can’t debunk that governments have a right and obligation to destroy rebellions. You can’t debunk that the American Revolution was a long bloody affair. You can’t debunk that we lost our ground when we stopped governing and adopted “MUH GOVERNMENT BBAAAAAAD MUH CORPORATE GOOOOODDD!!!!” instead, you can’t debunk that we have a peaceful and lawful way forward, and you can’t debunk that use and expansion of government to achieve good aims (as Ron DeSantis is doing) would have gotten DeSantis primaried as a RINO in 2010.

          You really love “MUH GOVERNMENT BAAADDDD MUH CORPORATE GOOOODDDD” so much you would rather an armed revolution over using the political system our founding fathers risked their lives to create to achieve a positive change?

          Glad you aren’t in charge of anything at all.

        DaveGinOly in reply to Danny. | April 8, 2022 at 12:00 pm

        A government’s “rebellion” is a freedom fighters “revolution.” Winners write the history books.
        However, the events of 1/6 couldn’t possibly have been “treason” or “insurrection,” because the “rebellion” was a protest against government lawlessness, and support for lawful processes. This puts the “rebels” on the side of the Constitution and the rule of law, making them, arguably, not rebellious.

          Fatkins in reply to DaveGinOly. | April 11, 2022 at 8:35 pm

          The courts didn’t find any lawlessness that’s just a dumb argument. The reality is idiots stormed the capital with the intent on imposing there own president. Some were more guilty than others. You don’t get to unilaterally decide and impose your authoritarian view on anyone else.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to rduke007. | April 7, 2022 at 8:22 pm

      A cent was worth far more then 🙂

    Danny in reply to georgfelis. | April 6, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    This isn’t applied to you personally it is meant for everyone because this scares the hell out of me, and frightened people (myself included) often don’t think.

    1. Vote. I don’t care if you live in California vote like your life depended on it (if we lose more ground it just might).

    2. If you have some form of Republican representative write to him/her. Especially if it is a senator he will never see your letter/email but his staff will be logging how many letters and what kind have been sent and if enough are sent it will confirm it is an issue to his constituents. This is important because standing up to the DOJ and FBI takes a lot of courage which they will not have if they think they are on their own in an issue nobody cares about.

    3. If you wish to see D.C. do it is a tourist and enjoy the Smithsonian. Don’t even consider protesting there, nothing good could come of it.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to georgfelis. | April 6, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Those behind these prosecutions need to be held accountable.

henrybowman | April 6, 2022 at 7:13 pm

I won’t even let a cop hold the door for me at a restaurant anymore.

The process IS the punishment. Being unconstitutionally imprisoned for over a year without any charges filed was the entire point. How did the government get away with that? Why no lawsuits?

    henrybowman in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 8, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Still waiting for an answer from a lawyer: what the hell happened to habeas corpus? Is it even a thing anymore?

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | April 8, 2022 at 1:25 am

      It’s still a thing. Every one of the Jan-6-2021 prisoners had the benefit of habeas. Every one of them was brought before a judge who decided whether they should be held or released. That’s all habeas is.