News outlets ask judge for access to Paul Pelosi attack evidence

The Associated Press reports that “a coalition of news organizations” has just asked the judge to grant them access to the evidence that investigators have gathered regarding the attack on Paul Pelosi. 

Paul Pelosi is the husband of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the former speaker of the House of Representatives who, after the Republicans won back the House majority in the 2022 midterm elections, was replaced by U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Back in October 2022, Paul Pelosi was attacked in his and his wife’s San Francisco, California, residence.

The alleged attacker has been identified as David DePape, an illegal immigrant from Canada. DePape is facing a long list of criminal charges that includes attempted murder.

What happened?

According to the prosecution, DePape broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco residence on Oct. 28, 2022, with the intention of targeting then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

After the attack, it would be discovered that Pelosi was one of many political figures whom DePape was planning to target.

Nancy Pelosi, however, was not at the residence at the time of the break-in. Only her husband, Paul Pelosi, was.

According to prosecutors, DePape, nonetheless, proceeded to try to get access to Nancy Pelosi through her husband. During the encounter, Paul Pelosi managed to call the police, and, the police showed up to find DePape and Pelosi struggling over a hammer.

DePape, says the prosecution, would secure the hammer and strike Pelosi with it, causing injuries that would require surgery.

Where’s the evidence?

In December, a preliminary hearing was held during which the prosecution presented several pieces of evidence that it obtained against DePape. This evidence included audio and video evidence from the attack – including the 911 call made by Paul Pelosi, the body camera footage of the responding police officers, and footage from police interviews with DePape.

The authorities, however – unlike so many other cases – have refused to release this evidence to the public. This has caused many members of the public to wonder if the authorities are hiding something on behalf of Pelosi.

Now, a coalition of news organizations has filed a motion in the case seeking to gain access to this evidence. The coalition according to the Associated Press includes:

The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat, CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC and KQED, an NPR-member radio station in San Francisco.

In the motion, the news organizations argue that “the public and press have standing to assert their rights of access to court records and proceedings.”

It remains to be seen how the judge will rule on the motion.

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