Judge dismisses felony charge against Capitol protest suspect

Breitbart News reports that a federal judge has just dismissed a felony charge that was leveled by the federal government against one of the individuals involved in the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021. 

The suspect, here, is Mark Ibrahim, a former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent.

Background

On July 20 Ibrahim was arrested, and on July 21 he was indicted by a federal grand jury on four charges for his alleged actions during and after the Jan. 6 Capitol protest.

Those charges include carrying a firearm on Capitol grounds, entering and remaining on restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon, and climbing a Capitol statue during the protest. Prosecutors claim that Ibrahim repeatedly flashed his DEA badge as well as his service firearm during the Jan. 6 protest and that they have high-quality photographic evidence to prove it.

Ibrahim is also accused of lying to the FBI when questioned about his actions during the Jan. 6 protest.

Ibrahim is specifically accused of lying when he told the FBI this: “I had my creds. I had my firearm and my badge on me… But never exposed… Not that I know of.”

Ibrahim, however, just scored an unlikely legal victory.

Dismissed

United States District Judge Timothy Kelly has just dismissed the lying charge that was brought against Ibrahim.

According to WUSA9, Ibrahim’s lawyer, Marina Medvin, had sought to dismiss the lying charge on the grounds that “there were a number of defects with” it, including technical ones that Kelly apparently found persuasive.

The outlet reports, “most persuasive to the judge overseeing Ibrahim’s case, Medvin argued the D.C. District Court was an improper venue since the March 15 [FBI] interview [with Ibrahim] was conducted via Zoom while Ibrahim was in California and the investigating agent was in Virginia.”

The good news for Ibrahim is that now he only has to defend against three charges rather than four. The bad news, however, is that Judge Kelly refused to dismiss the charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a firearm on Capitol grounds.

Still, Ibrahim, here, with this one dismissal, has had more legal success than many of the other Jan. 6 defendants.

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