BREAKING: SF judge orders release of body cam footage of Paul Pelosi ‘hammer attack’

Judge Stephen Murphy did not specify exactly when the footage would be released.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On Wednesday, a San Francisco judge moved to release bodycam footage from the night former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul, was allegedly attacked with a hammer by David DePape.

The motion to release the footage was brought about by a coalition of media organizations hoping to obtain video evidence of the incident.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Judge Stephen Murphy granted the media's request following a short hearing, however, he did not specify exactly when the footage would be released.

Alongside bodycam footage from San Francisco Police Department officers, the court will also be releasing Paul Pelosi's 911 call, US Capitol Police surveillance footage, and DePape's interview with the SFPD.

Those in favor argued that because the footage had been submitted in open court and entered into evidence, it should be free for the public to see as well.

Conversely, DePape's legal team warned that releasing the footage could lead to more conspiracy theories and other false assumptions about the incident, thus jeopardizing his access to a fair trial.

DePape, 42, was arrested following the attack and charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, and assault. He later revealed that his intended target was Nancy Pelosi, but that she was not home at the time.

The circumstances surrounding DePape's apparent break-in remain curious, with court documents stating that Mr. Pelosi was not in immediate danger when police arrived. It was also revealed that just prior to the attack, he told the police that everything was fine.

Mr. Pelosi was hospitalized for nearly a week following the attack. Doctors removed part of his skull, reshaped it, and fused it back together. At the time Mrs. Pelosi said he had a "long haul" recovery ahead of him.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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