A U.S. Capitol riot defendant is acquitted for the first time

New Mexico man facing misdemeanour charges in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack was acquitted by a federal judge on Wednesday based on the lack of evidence against him

Judge Trevor McFadden accepted Matthew Martin's claim that he didn't know he was breaking the law when he entered the Capitol complex

A decision that could inspire other defendants facing minor misdemeanour charges to go to trial rather than seek plea deals.

Defendants had to show that Martin was aware that he was entering a prohibited area. McFadden, a Trump appointee to the bench, ruled that prosecutors had failed

It was Martin's attorney Dan Cron who said in an interview that Martin is looking forward to the future.

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