|Education||Pennsylvania State University (BS) George Mason University School of Law (JD)|
|Occupation||Criminal defense attorney, columnist|
Marina Medvin is a conservative American criminal defense attorney located in Alexandria, Virginia. She is also a senior columnist at Townhall, a former contributor at Forbes, and provides legal analysis to news outlets.
Education and Career
Medvin is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (B.S., Information Sciences and Technology). She received her Juris Doctorate from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as federal courts in Virginia, DC, and Texas. Medvin has been recognized by the Washingtonian as being one of Washington DC's Best Lawyers.
Medvin is representing five individuals charged in the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol. Her client Jenny Cudd was granted a Mexican getaway during her pre-trial release. In Cudd's case, Medvin argued the District of Columbia was too partisan to have a fair jury and asked to move the case from DC to Texas. Medvin was the first lawyer representing a Capitol defendant to move for the trial to be relocated to another jurisdiction.
In another Capitol breach case, Medvin is representing a 61-year-old alleged Capitol rioter charged with assaulting Capitol Police officers, who she claims will be proven innocent once a government releases a video showing John Anderson did not commit the alleged acts. Court records show Medvin berating the government's control of information about the January 6 defendants - “This is not the Soviet Union, and the government does not get to control the narrative of what happens in the courtroom. The weedlike growth of the government’s power over public information is outrageous and un-American and cannot be permitted to continue unchecked.” Medvin's motion to release the Capitol CCTV video to the public was granted, Judge Contreras ordering the video designation to no longer be "Highly Sensitive." Anderson passed away in September of 2021 before his trial.  Medvin stated that the government will be moving to dismiss the “wrongful accusations”, calling Anderson “a proud American who loved his country.” Medvin stated that Anderson never entered the Capitol on his own, being brought inside for medical care, and that he never hurt or impeded any officers, contrary to the government’s accusations.
Medvin previously represented an FBI 10 Most Wanted fugitive, a hacktivist in the Anonymous Operation Payback case, and a student who hacked CIA Director John Brennan and published with WikiLeaks.
Early Life and Political Views
Marina Medvin emigrated from the USSR in 1992. She has publicly discussed her childhood observations between Soviet socialism and U.S. capitalism, being quoted as saying "The best argument against socialism? Me."
- Cheney, Kyle; Gerstein, Josh (12 March 2021). "Prosecutors seek a slowdown in Capitol attack cases, calling probe the 'most complex' in history". Politico. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
McFadden appeared to agree with a characterization by Cudd’s attorney, conservative firebrand Marina Medvin, that Capitol riot cases shouldn’t be viewed as part of a monolithic investigation or a singular conspiracy but rather as a collection of individual cases.
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- Hongo, Hudson. "Feds Claim They Can Enter a House and Demand Fingerprints to Unlock Everyone's Phones". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
- Weiner, Rachel (2017-01-06). "Community college student admits role in hacking top U.S. officials". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
- "Washington Lawyer Marina Medvin, Esq". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
- "Marina Medvin Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator - Marina Medvin". Townhall. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- "Marina Medvin". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
- "Dark Side | Secret Origins of Evidence in US Criminal Cases". Human Rights Watch. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
- Ashok, India (2016-10-17). "Feds asked for right to demand anyone's fingerprints to open phones, court documents reveal". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- Fox-Brewster, Thomas. "Yes, Cops Are Now Opening iPhones With Dead People's Fingerprints". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- ABC7 WJLA (2014-11-03), Va. judge: Cellphone pass codes are protected, but not fingerprints, retrieved 2018-04-23
- "Top Rated Alexandria, VA Criminal Defense Attorney | Marina Medvin | Super Lawyers". Super Lawyers. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- "About". MEDVIN LAW. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
- "Alleged Capitol Rioters Are Telling Judges They Shouldn't Be Tried In DC Because Of "Cancel Culture"". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
- Hsu, Spencer S. (10 March 2021). "Jan. 6 Capitol defendant wants trial moved to west Texas, calls D.C. too anti-Trump, politically correct". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
- "The Jan. 6 Video Cover-Up | RealClearPolitics". www.realclearpolitics.com. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
- Patterson, Steve. "Capitol riot defendant from St. Augustine fights bid for limits on use of trial evidence". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
- Nightingale, Hannah (2021-07-29). "Legal victory: Federal court allows public release of some Jan 6 footage". The Post Millennial. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
- "St. Augustine man, accused of assaulting police in Capitol tunnel, dies while awaiting trial". wusa9.com. September 24, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
- Anthony, James (2021-09-26). "Jan 6 defendant who sought police help dies awaiting trial". The Post Millennial. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
- Janney, Sam (2021-07-12). "'Best argument against socialism? Me.' Marina Medvin's powerful thread about socialism versus capitalism an absolute must-read". twitchy.com. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
- "Marine stationed at Quantico pleads not guilty to Capitol riot charges".
- "'Irredeemably Insulting': Indicted Proud Boy Asks Judge to 'Sever' Case from Co-Defendants Because of Their Lawyer's 'Highly Inappropriate and Prejudicial Statements'".
- Toropin, Konstantin (2021-06-30). "Marine Major Pleads Not Guilty to 9 Charges in DC Capitol Riot, Gets Released By Court". Military.com. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
- "Award-winning attorney draws on foundation built in the College of IST | Penn State University". news.psu.edu. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
- Weiner, Rachel (2017-09-08). "Hacker who harassed leaders from CIA and FBI is sentenced to 5 years in prison". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
- Gerstein, Josh. "Student pleads guilty in hacking ring that targeted CIA Director John Brennan". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
- Medvin, Marina. "Coming To America: Then And Now". Townhall. Retrieved 2021-07-12.