January 6 Defendant Who Says He Thought He Was Allowed in Capitol Beats Charges

New Mexico Man becomes first January 6 defendant to be released. Matthew Martin—who faced four federal charges as a result of entering the U.S. Capitol building during the January 6 protests and riots—has been found not guilty on all counts.

Martin had been charged with knowingly entering or remaining within any restricted building or grounds, without legal authority; disorderly behavior which hinders the conduct government business; disruptive conduct in Capitol Buildings; pandering, demonstration, or pickingeting in Capitol Buildings.

Martin claimed that Capitol Police had allowed him inside the building. This led him to believe that it was safe to enter. “AAccording to MARTIN’s account, Capitol guards allowed the Rotunda to be accessed by them and opened its doors. Although MARTIN admitted to seeing the smashed glass, the government made a complaint.

This seems reasonable—and Judge Trevor McFadden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Washington agreed. McFadden called Martin’s defense plausible and said that people were “rushing by the officers and they did not attempt to stop them.”

Martin claimed that Martin was waved in by the officer who stopped him. However, the judge stated that he wasn’t convinced that Martin got the impression that Martin did. Video of the scene clearly shows Martin getting that impression. The judge stated that he believed the defendant reasonablely believed that the officers had allowed him into Capitol.

McFadden cleared Martin after a lengthy bench trial that lasted two days.

McFadden said that while it was close to the conviction of knowingly entering or remaining inside a restricted building, the “close calls” are for the defendant.

This is not good news for the federal cases against many January 6 defendants who were charged with illegally entering U.S. Capitol. It’s good news, however, for justice and due process.

It is clear that not everyone who entered Capitol building on the day of 9/11 was innocent. McFadden’s decision confirms that not all those who entered the Capitol building on July 15th were necessarily criminally intent.


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