On Wednesday, a federal judge acquitted Matthew Martin, a contractor for Los Alamos National Labs, of his involvement in the U.S. Capitol incursion which resulted in misdemeanor four misdemeanor.
U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden acquitted on all four counts, saying Martin’s actions were “about as minimal and non-serious” as anyone who was at the Capitol that day.
McFadden described Martin’s testimony as “largely credible.” The Albuquerque Journal reported, “The judge said it was not unreasonable for him to believe that officers allowed him to enter the Capitol.”
“Defense attorney Dan Cron said Martin saw another person shake a police officer’s hand after entering the Capitol. Martin placed his hand on an officer’s shoulder ‘as a gesture of thanks and of good will,’ Cron said,” according to the Journal.
McFadden added that Martin appeared to be a “silent observer of the actions of others.”