Marina Medvin

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Marina Medvin
EducationPennsylvania State University (BS) George Mason University School of Law (JD)
Occupation(s)Criminal defense attorney, columnist

Marina Medvin is an American criminal defense attorney located in Alexandria, Virginia.[1][2][3][4] She is also a senior columnist at Townhall,[5] a former contributor at Forbes,[6] and provides legal analysis to news outlets.[7][8][9][10]

Education and career[edit]

Medvin is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (B.S., Information Sciences and Technology).[11] She received her Juris Doctor from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.[12] She is licensed to practice state law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Texas; as well as federal law in most federal courts in Virginia, DC, and Texas.[13][14] Medvin has been recognized by the Washingtonian as being one of Washington DC's Best Lawyers.[13]

January 6 Capitol Cases[edit]

Medvin is representing at least six known individuals charged in the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.[15]

Medvin’s client Jenny Cudd was granted a Mexican getaway during her pre-trial release.[16] 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.[16] Medvin was the first lawyer representing a Capitol defendant to move for the trial to be relocated to another jurisdiction, though others later copied Medvin’s brief and made identical arguments.[15] At sentencing for Jenny Cudd, Medvin argued that Cudd’s charges should be dismissed or that she should be sentenced to a fine, citing disparate treatment of the Kavanaugh, Portland, and Seattle protestors, where criminal charges were dismissed.[17] Judge Trevor McFadden agreed and sentenced Jenny Cudd to a fine and two months of probation.[18] Medvin then argued with the Government over whether Cudd should be permitted to possess her firearms during probation and prevailed.[19]

In another Capitol breach case, Medvin represented a 61-year-old alleged Capitol rioter charged with assaulting Capitol Police officers, who she claimed would be proven innocent once a government released a video showing John Anderson did not commit the alleged acts.[20] 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.”[21] Anderson passed away in September 2021 before his trial.[22] Medvin later explained that Anderson never entered the Capitol on his own, having been brought inside for medical care, and that he never hurt or impeded any officers, contrary to the government's accusations.[23][24] Medvin appeared on Sebastian Gorka's show in April 2022 and stated that Anderson was brought into the Capitol building by Capitol police who rendered medical aid to Anderson after he experienced a medical emergency when he was gassed by a malicious actor in the crowd behind him.[25] Anderson repeatedly said, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." The man who emptied a gas canister into Anderson was never charged, according to Medvin.[25]

In October of 2022, Medvin was able to secure "a rare win among defense motions to dismiss charges [in Capitol Breach cases]" for her client Mark Ibrahim, a former DEA agent who was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor for his participation in the January 6 protest.[26][27]

Medvin is also representing two US Marines charged for their participation in the January 6 incident, one an alleged Proud Boys member.[28][29][30] Her client Christopher Warnagiris, the only active-duty servicemember charged for January 6 participation, pleaded not guilty to assaulting or interfering with a Capitol police officer.[31] Warnagiris, like Medvin's client Jenny Cudd, also received permission from the court to continue possessing his firearms.[32]

Medvin's Prior Cases of Note[edit]

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.[33][34][35] Medvin also secured the dismissal of criminal charges for Harry Jackson, a local Virginia politician and father who was facing four misdemeanor charges for statements made on YouTube and on Twitter that accused an activist of "grooming behavior" around children.[36][37]

Early life and political views[edit]

Marina Medvin emigrated from the USSR in 1992.[38] She has publicly discussed her childhood observations between Soviet socialism and U.S. capitalism, being quoted as saying "The best argument against socialism? Me."[23] Politico described Medvin as a "conservative firebrand."[39]


  1. ^ "Student pleads guilty in hacking ring that targeted CIA Director John Brennan". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  2. ^ Hongo, Hudson. "Feds Claim They Can Enter a House and Demand Fingerprints to Unlock Everyone's Phones". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Washington Lawyer Marina Medvin, Esq". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  5. ^ "Marina Medvin Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator - Marina Medvin". Townhall. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  6. ^ "Marina Medvin". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  7. ^ "Dark Side | Secret Origins of Evidence in US Criminal Cases". Human Rights Watch. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Fox-Brewster, Thomas. "Yes, Cops Are Now Opening iPhones With Dead People's Fingerprints". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  10. ^ ABC7 WJLA (2014-11-03), Va. judge: Cellphone pass codes are protected, but not fingerprints, retrieved 2018-04-23
  11. ^ "Award-winning attorney draws on foundation built in the College of IST | Penn State University". Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  12. ^ "Top Rated Alexandria, VA Criminal Defense Attorney | Marina Medvin | Super Lawyers". Super Lawyers. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  13. ^ a b "About". MEDVIN LAW. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  14. ^ "State Bar of Texas |Find A Lawyer |Marina Medvin". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  15. ^ a b "Alleged Capitol Rioters Are Telling Judges They Shouldn't Be Tried In DC Because Of "Cancel Culture"". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  16. ^ a b 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.
  17. ^ "Capitol Rioter Jenny Cudd to be sentenced Wednesday". March 17, 2022. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  18. ^ "Jenny Cudd, the Texas florist who wanted a 'revolution' on Jan. 6, sentenced to 2 months probation". March 23, 2022. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  19. ^ "Court Removes No-Weapons Probation Condition for Woman Convicted of Jan. 6 Capitol Trespass". Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  20. ^ "The Jan. 6 Video Cover-Up | RealClearPolitics". Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "St. Augustine man, accused of assaulting police in Capitol tunnel, dies while awaiting trial". September 24, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  23. ^ a b Janney, Sam (2021-07-12). "'Best argument against socialism? Me.' Marina Medvin's powerful thread about socialism versus capitalism an absolute must-read". Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  24. ^ "January 6 Capitol Prosecution Case Dismissed". MEDVIN LAW. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  25. ^ a b Why I'm defending the Accused of January 6. Marina Medvin with Sebastian Gorka One on One, retrieved 2022-04-15
  26. ^ "Judge dismisses false statement count against former DEA agent charged in Capitol riot". October 27, 2022. Retrieved 2022-11-01.
  27. ^ "Ex-DEA Agent Accused of Illegally Toting Service Weapon During U.S. Capitol Riot Wins Dismissal of Count of Lying to the FBI". Law & Crime. 2022-10-28. Retrieved 2022-11-01.
  28. ^ "Marine stationed at Quantico pleads not guilty to Capitol riot charges".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ "'Irredeemably Insulting': Indicted Proud Boy Asks Judge to 'Sever' Case from Co-Defendants Because of Their Lawyer's 'Highly Inappropriate and Prejudicial Statements'". 19 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  30. ^ Toropin, Konstantin (2021-06-30). "Marine Major Pleads Not Guilty to 9 Charges in DC Capitol Riot, Gets Released By Court". Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  31. ^ Toropin, Konstantin (2021-06-30). "Marine Major Pleads Not Guilty to 9 Charges in DC Capitol Riot, Gets Released By Court". Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  32. ^ Stout, Nolan. "Judge: Quantico Marine can possess gun while awaiting trial on Capitol riot charges". INSIDENOVA.COM. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  33. ^ "Award-winning attorney draws on foundation built in the College of IST | Penn State University". Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  34. ^ 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.
  35. ^ Gerstein, Josh. "Student pleads guilty in hacking ring that targeted CIA Director John Brennan". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  36. ^ Mayberry, Carly (2022-04-08). "Virginia Parent Fighting 'Race-Based' Admissions Wins Legal Battle". Newsweek. Retrieved 2022-11-01.
  37. ^ Wallace, Danielle (2022-04-10). "Virginia parent fighting 'race-based' admissions policy wins legal battle as case heads to Supreme Court". Fox News. Retrieved 2022-11-01.
  38. ^ Medvin, Marina. "Coming To America: Then And Now". Townhall. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  39. ^ "Prosecutors seek a slowdown in Capitol attack cases, calling probe the 'most complex' in history". POLITICO. Retrieved 2022-04-18.

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