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First acquittal In left’s ‘Insurrection’ witch hunt

By Natalie O’Neill, New York Post

A Washington, DC judge on Wednesday found a man not guilty for his alleged role in the US Capitol riot — the first acquittal tied to the Jan. 6 attacks.

Matthew Martin, a former government contractor from New Mexico, told US District Court Judge Trevor McFadden he thought police had waved him into the building and didn’t know he was breaking the law when he entered.

Based on video from the scene, McFadden said Martin’s claim was “plausible” and that prosecutors failed to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

“People were streaming by and the officers made no attempt to stop the people,” the judge said.

McFadden, who is an appointee of President Donald Trump, found Martin not guilty after a two-day bench trial.

Martin had been charged with four misdemeanors, including disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building.

He said he thought an officer let him into the Capitol’s Rotunda lobby at around 3 p.m. on Jan. 6.

After viewing footage, McFadden said the officer may have given Martin that impression because he briefly interrupted people streaming into the building then stepped back to apparently allow them to enter.

“I do think the defendant reasonably believed the officers allowed him into the Capitol,” McFadden said, adding that cops were “were grossly outnumbered at that point.”

He called Martin’s conduct “about as minimal and not serious as I can imagine” among Capitol riot defendants.

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2 thoughts on “First acquittal In left’s ‘Insurrection’ witch hunt

  • 14000 hours of video Pelosi will not release. Also Pelosi will not allow her text and calls be checked along with Muriel Bowser of DC. They were the two who ignored Trumps request for National Guard troops due to the size of the expected crowd, days ahead! Why? Also no answers about Ray Epps who was filmed telling people to take the Capital. Now if these people are not guilty of something, wouldn’t they be forthcoming with this information? A one sided investigation won’t work.

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