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A judge orders the release of a video showing the attack on Paul Pelosi


A San Francisco judge ruled on Wednesday that footage of a home intruder’s attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of former President Nancy Pelosi, could be released over prosecutors’ objections.

The decision was made in Superior Court by Judge Stephen M. Murphy, said Thomas R. Burke, an attorney representing a group of news organizations, including The New York Times, which lobbied for the evidence to be released. .

The footage includes video captured by Capitol Police surveillance cameras and body cameras worn by the two officers who responded to the attack on Mr. Pelosi, 82, at the Pelosis home in San Francisco at the first hours of October 28.

Federal prosecutors have charged David DePape, 42, with multiple crimes in the attack, including attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty.

The attack, which happened on the eve of the 2022 midterm elections, fueled wild rumors and misinformation on social media about the circumstances. In arguing to keep the footage secret, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said releasing the videos would only fuel further misrepresentation and undermine Mr. DePape’s right to a fair trial.

But Judge Murphy pointed out that the footage had already been released during a preliminary hearing last month, said Mr Burke, who was in the courtroom when the judge delivered his decision from the bench.

Judge Murphy ordered that the footage be turned over to the court clerk’s office, and it could be available as early as Thursday.

Police say Mr. DePape broke into the Pelosi residence and bludgeoned Mr. Pelosi with a hammer, leaving him in a pool of blood. Police say Mr DePape was motivated by a desire to take Ms Pelosi hostage and question her. She was in Washington at the time.

In addition to The Times, news organizations that requested release of the footage were The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa in California, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC and KQED of San Francisco.

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