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Judge Acquits Capitol Defendant, He Had a “Reasonable Belief” Police Let Him in
After deciding the defendant, Matthew Martin, “reasonably thought” he was authorized to enter the building by U.S. Capitol Police officers on January 6, 2021, a federal court absolved him of all counts.
Martin, a New Mexican, testified at his trial, claiming that Capitol Police had let him into the building.
Martin was only in the Capitol building for around 10 minutes on that particular day, according to video footage. He was charged with four counts.
Hundreds of Charges
More than 770 people have been charged in connection with the event. Some have been held in jail for over a year.
Footage from inside the Capitol mostly shows people proceeding calmly through ropes, as if allowed to be there. One person was killed that day; Ashli Babbitt was shot at close range by a Capitol Police officer.