San Francisco judge orders police bodycam footage of Paul Pelosi attack to be released

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.

But DePape’s attorney objected to the motion, saying the release could inhibit his client’s ability to get a fair trial. Depape has previously been reported as a nudist who struggled with drugs and posts crazed COVID conspiracy theories, anti-Semitic rants, racist slurs, and unhinged screeds about religion online.

He remains in jail on multiple charges, including attempted murder, following last year’s attack on Paul Pelosi.  

Evidence introduced in the preliminary hearing against DePape included audio from a 911 call made by Paul Pelosi and portions of body camera video taken by the two police officers who responded to the Pelosis’ house that day. 

There are also portions of video of a police detective interviewing DePape and footage captured by Capitol Police Department surveillance cameras. 

It’s not clear when the files will be released.