After a California court determined that the district attorney’s office must make the materials public, the San Francisco Superior Court on Friday released footage and audio taken during last year’s attack on Paul Pelosi.
HEADLINESFOREVER has gotten the data on CD and is reviewing the materials. The court previously stated that audio from police interviews with alleged attacker David DePape, as well as 911 calls, police body camera footage, and home security video, would be among the data likely to be revealed.
According to HEADLINESFOREVER, police body cam footage from the incident is believed to show what authorities witnessed when Pelosi, husband of former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, opened the door to the couple’s San Francisco home and his assailant attacked him with a hammer, fracturing his skull.
The court’s judgement requiring the public release of the files came in response to a motion filed by a coalition of journalistic organisations, including HEADLINESFOREVER, stating that the circumstances surrounding the then-Speaker of the House deserved transparency.
Lawyers for DePape argued that making the audio and video public would “irreparably harm” his right to a fair trial. DePape has pleaded not guilty to a slew of state and federal charges, including assault and attempted murder, in connection with the incident.
According to court filings, Pelosi was violently attacked with a hammer at the couple’s house in October by a male assailant looking for the then-House speaker, a development that ultimately led Nancy Pelosi’s decision to resign down from House Democratic leadership.
According to court filings, DePape allegedly woke Paul Pelosi just after 2 a.m., wielding a huge hammer and many white zip ties, and demanding, “Where’s Nancy? “Where has Nancy gone?” According to the records, he then threatened to bind Paul Pelosi and prevent him from escaping via elevator. “I can take you out,” DePape allegedly assured him later.
After convincing the assailant to let him go to the bathroom, where his phone was charging, Paul Pelosi dialled 911 and spoke cryptically to police.
Following the incident, Paul Pelosi needed surgery “to heal a skull fracture and major injuries to his right arm and hands,” according to a statement issued by Nancy Pelosi’s office.
The Democratic representative told reporters on Thursday that her husband’s rehabilitation is taking “one day at a time.”
“He’s made some progress, but I think it’ll be at least three months before he’ll be back to normal, but the prayers are extremely helpful,” Pelosi said.
She told reporters on Thursday that she had not watched the incident’s footage and did not know if she will.
“It would be very difficult to witness an attack on my husband’s life. But I’m not sure.”