The first acquittal of charges related to the January 6 Capitol breach was handed down on Wednesday by Judge Trevor McFadden, who said it was “plausible” that New Mexico engineer Matthew Martin believed police allowed him into the Capitol that day.
Martin faced four misdemeanor charges, but McFadden ruled that prosecutors did not prove their case against him.
“People were streaming by, and the officers made no attempt to stop the people,” McFadden said after reviewing video footage taken that day.
Prosecutors said Martin should have known not to enter because of an alarm and broken windows, but McFadden wasn’t buying it.
“I do think the defendant reasonably believed the officers allowed him into the Capitol,” McFadden said, Politico reported.
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