Footage of former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attack on her husband will be released to the public after a judge on Wednesday denied prosecutors’ demands for secrecy.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen M. Murphy ruled there was no reason to keep the footage secret, especially after prosecutors played the footage in open court during a preliminary hearing last month, said a San Francisco-based attorney. said Thomas R. Burke, The Associated Press and a number of other news agencies are trying to access the evidence.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office turned over the evidence to Murphy on Wednesday after a court hearing. Murphy asked the court clerk’s office to distribute it to the media.
Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was sleeping at the couple’s San Francisco home on Oct. 28 when someone broke in and hit him with a hammer. Prosecutors have indicted his 42-year-old David DePape in connection with the attack.
At a preliminary hearing last month, prosecutors found part of Paul Pelosi’s 911 call, as well as CCTV footage from Capitol Police, body cameras worn by two officers who arrived at the house, and Depap police. I played a video of an interview with
But when news outlets requested copies of that evidence, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office refused to release it. sparked intense speculation from the conducive public.
The district attorney’s office argued that releasing the footage publicly only allowed people to manipulate it to spread false information.
However, the news outlet argued that it was essential for prosecutors to publicly share evidence that could debunk the false information swirling around the internet about the attack.
“Public access rights cannot be ruled out just because we have concerns about conspiracy theories,” Burke said.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office did not respond to an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.
News agencies that requested the release of the footage included The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Press Democrat, CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC, KQED, and NPR-San Francisco member radio stations.
DePape pleaded not guilty to six charges last month, including attempted murder. Police said DePap wanted to harm Nancy Pelosi because there was “evil in Washington” and Nancy Pelosi was second in line for president.
After the midterm elections, Democrats lost their majority in the House. Republicans elected California Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy as the new speaker. Pelosi will remain in the House of Representatives, but he will step down as leader of the Democratic Party. She was replaced by Hakeem Jeffries of New York.