A judge has denied a request from prosecutors to keep the footage of the attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Video of the hammer attack on Pelosi could be released to the public in the coming days, along with the audio of the 911 call that he made during the assault.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen M. Murphy has ruled that there is no reason to hide the footage from the public, especially considering the fact that prosecutors have already played it in open court during a preliminary hearing in December.
Murphy has sided with several media outlets, including the Associated Press, Fox News, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, who requested access to footage of the attack as well as evidence against the alleged attacker, David DePape.
🚨BREAKING: Judge ORDERS immediate RELEASE of Paul Pelosi attack body-cam footage and Paul Depape testimony pic.twitter.com/rOJhKQ0DiD
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 26, 2023
According to the Associated Press, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office gave all courtroom evidence to the judge after the court hearing. Murphy requested that the court clerk’s office distribute the evidence and footage to the press.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s office previously refused requests from media outlets to release copies of evidence to them.
The attack against Pelosi occurred on October 28, 2022, when DePape allegedly broke into his San Francisco home and beat him with a hammer. There have been numerous questions about the circumstances of the assault, especially considering reports claiming that Pelosi had let police officers into the home and calmly walked back in towards his attacker, where he was then beaten with the hammer.