BREAKING NEWS: San Francisco judge orders police bodycam footage of Paul Pelosi attack to be released
- The motion was granted after news organizations filed a court motion seeking access to evidence against David DePape, the man accused in the attack
- Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer at his San Francisco home in October
- DePape pleaded not guilty to state charges, including attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse, and remains in jail
A San Francisco judge has granted a motion to release dramatic police bodycam footage from the night former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked by an assailant with a hammer at their home.
The motion was granted on Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, with Judge Stephen Murphy siding with a coalition of news organizations who sought access to evidence against David DePape, the man charged in the October attack.
The media argued back in December that the footage should be presented in court and accessible to the public, since they had been submitted in open court and admitted into evidence.
DePape’s attorney objected the motion, saying the release could inhibit his client’s ability to get a fair trial.
A San Francisco judge has granted a motion to release body cam footage that allegedly shows David DePape attacking former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi
DePape has pleaded not guilty to state and federal charges, including attempted murder, attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault of an immediate family member of a federal official and remains in jail
The coalition also includes The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat, CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC and KQED, an NPR-member radio station in San Francisco.
Evidence introduced in the preliminary hearing against DePape included audio from a 911 call made by Paul Pelosi, portions of body camera video taken by the two police officers who responded to the Pelosis’ house, portions of video of a police detective interviewing DePape and footage captured by Capitol Police Department surveillance cameras.
Prosecutors say DePape broke into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home on October 28 seeking to kidnap the former speaker — who was out of town — and instead beat her 82-year-old husband with a hammer.
The violence sent shockwaves through the political world.
DePape pleaded not guilty to state charges, including attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse.
He has also pleaded not guilty to federal charges of attempting to kidnap a federal official and assaulting a federal official’s family member.
He remains jailed without bail and is set to return to a state court on February 23 to set a date for his trial.
Prosecutors say DePape broke into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home on October 28 seeking to kidnap the former speaker — who was out of town — and instead beat Paul with a hammer