SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A video of David DePape allegedly attacking Paul Pelosi is now available for everyone to watch, including potential jurors.
“When you look at the brazen nature of this attack, right in front of a police officer, it’s very devastating evidence that people can see over and over again,” said Stephen Clark, a legal analyst and former prosecutor. “Neither DePape’s defense team nor the prosecution wanted this information to be made public. This greatly affects Mr. DePape’s ability to get a fair trial.”
VIDEO: Court releases video of Paul Pelosi being attacked at home in San Francisco
Body camera footage shows police arriving at Pelosi’s home on October 28, the night of the attack. Cameras captured the moment DePape allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
“I think the defense could change the venue outside of San Francisco because it would be very difficult for every San Franciscan who sees this to come into court to give Mr. DePape a clean slate,” Clark said.
VIDEO: Watch footage of the hammer attack
DePape faces several federal and state felony charges, including attempted murder, to which he pleaded not guilty.
“Mental health advocacy is still on the advocacy table.” Clarke said, noting that the recording of DePape’s police interrogation could play a key role.
VIDEO: David DePape pleads not guilty to charges of assaulting Paul Pelosi at family home in San Francisco
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“I think the defense will look at the statement he made to the police and say that this is a person who is not himself and suffers from a mental illness,” Clark said, adding that the interrogation could also be double-edged.
“Mr. DePape makes a full confession to these allegations, which is certainly also problematic because this interrogation may not have actually taken place in court,” Clarke said. “But now it’s public, and how do you turn off this call?”
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