Trial Begins After Attack on Nancy Pelosi’s Husband

Trial Begins After Attack on Nancy Pelosi's Husband

( – In October 2022, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband — Paul Pelosi — called 911, stating that a stranger was in his home looking for his wife in the middle of the night. San Francisco Police Department officers responded to the call to find Mr. Pelosi and the suspect, David DePape, both holding onto a hammer. When police asked them both to drop the hammer, DePape yanked the weapon from Mr. Pelosi’s grasp and struck him on the head. The blow sent the legislator’s husband to the ground. DePape was arrested and charged with assault and attempted kidnapping. His trial started on November 9.

Details About the Attack

Paul Pelosi was rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for a skull fracture and severe “injuries to his right arm and hands.” He required surgery to repair the damage. According to Time, Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, kept the public updated about the victim’s condition. He said Mr. Pelosi was expected to make a full recovery. In fact, he has since physically recovered from the incident.

FBI Special Agent Stephanie Minor stated that DePape was there to capture and harm the lawmaker, who was in Washington, DC, working at the time of the attack. The suspect had a hammer, tape, rope, gloves, and zip ties on him that evening. After allegedly breaking into the Pelosi home, reports said DePape planned to wait there for Mrs. Pelosi to come home. Things escalated once police were on the way. Time reported that the perpetrator admitted to police that he was planning to kidnap the California representative and get the “truth” out of her. If she lied, he was apparently prepared to break “her kneecaps.” He claimed to be “fighting against tyranny.” Despite his outcry confession and bodycam footage showing the assault, DePape pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Trial Expectations and DePape

The New York Post reported that DePape had been homeless at the time of the attack and was suffering from mental illness and drug abuse issues. He is a Canadian citizen who moved to the US decades ago. According to reports, the defendant believed a number of conspiracy theories.

Mr. Pelosi is expected to testify against the suspect. If found guilty, DePape could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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