A New Mexico man who was on trial for January 6th has been found not guilty on all charges by a federal judge. He is the first defendant to be acquitted.
Trump supporters have objected to the government’s prosecution in these cases, claiming they are politically motivated.
Democrats and the media have hyped the charges for months, saying that they were an insurrection and atempt to overthrow the U.S. government.
Breitbart News reports:
January 6 Defendant Matthew Martin Found Not Guilty on All Charges
A federal judge on Wednesday cleared a New Mexico man of multiple misdemeanor counts related to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Matthew Martin of Santa Fe is the first person charged in connection with events on January 6 who has been acquitted on all charges.
AP reports U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden issued the verdict from the bench after hearing testimony without a jury.
The outlet said McFadden allowed it was reasonable for Martin to believe outnumbered police officers allowed him and others to enter the Capitol through the Rotunda doors on the day.
The judge also said the defendant’s actions were “about as minimal and non-serious” as anyone who was at the Capitol that day.
Martin, whose bench trial started Tuesday, testified a police officer waved him into the building after the riot erupted. A prosecutor dismissed that testimony as “nonsense.”
The judge, however, disagreed. He said video shows two police officers standing near the Rotunda doors and allowing people to enter as Martin approached. One of the officers appeared to lean back before Martin placed a hand on the officer’s shoulder as a possible sign of gratitude, the judge said.
This is an embarrassing loss for the Biden Justice Department.
A Federal Judge found Matthew Martin NOT GUILTY of all January 6 charges because the police officers let him into the Capitol.
Can’t trespass if you have a police escort. #Justice
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) April 6, 2022
I’ve been highly critical of Judge McFadden—he still is responsible for a number of J6 detainees.
But considering the pressure DC judges are under to placate DOJ and convict “insurrectionists,” his acquittal today of Matthew Martin on the 4 most common misdemeanors is courageous
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) April 6, 2022
BREAKING: Jan. 6 defendant Matthew Martin has been found NOT GUILTY on all charges by Judge Trevor McFadden. Big win for the rule of law!
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) April 6, 2022
This was a win for justice.