Judge orders release of body camera footage of Paul Pelosi attack
A coalition of news organizations will have access Thursday to all of the courtroom evidence from last year’s attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at their San Francisco home.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen Murphy on Wednesday granted a motion filed by a group of 13 news outlets, including NBC News and the New York Times, seeking disclosure of evidence in the case against David DePape, Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker.
The evidence consists of footage from a body camera worn by an officer who responded to the Pelosis home on Oct. 28, a 911 call Paul Pelosi made to police, portions of an interview with DePape, and a video security taken during the break- recorded by the United States Capitol Police in Washington, DC
The judge’s order comes after prosecutors refused to release the evidence to the media.
The district attorney returned all exhibits to the court during a hearing on Wednesday, and a court spokesperson told NBC News that media coalition attorney Thomas Burke “will provide copies to his clients, in accordance with the judge’s order”.
During a preliminary hearing for DePape in December, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office presented an approximately four-minute 911 call that Paul Pelosi made to San Francisco police. Much of this appeal has already been documented in court records.
DePape, who allegedly asked where Nancy Pelosi was while in the house and attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer, faces a pair of federal assaults and attempted kidnapping charges in the case, in addition to related state charges.
Miguel Almaguer contributed.
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