In October 2022, David DePape allegedly broke into the Pelosis San Francisco home with the intent of assaulting Nancy Pelosi.
Instead, he found Paul Pelosi alone in the home.
When authorities arrived, the two men were struggling for possession of a hammer, a struggle that DePape won, then used that hammer to allegedly hit Pelosi over the head.
Pretrial litigation focused on the ability of DePape to receive a fair trial, and that has now continued into the opening proceedings of the trial itself.
DePape’s trial is being held in a courtroom in the Northern District of California. In other words, Pelosi’s backyard.
Valery Nechay, a local criminal trial attorney, stated, “Nancy Pelosi is a loved and revered public servant in San Francisco.
“Political ideology will definitely be examined. The defense is going to be interested in more conservative-leaning jurors.”
DePape’s attorneys want the trial moved to a different area, specifically requesting to have the trial moved to Eureka.
Jodi Linker, a public defender representing DePape, argued, “Local media have also focused on Mr. DePape’s allegedly bigoted political beliefs, further poisoning the well in the Bay Area.”
She was referring to posts made online by DePape, where he had rambled on and showed a tendency to push conspiracy theories.
Christopher Morales, a criminal defense attorney who’s practiced in San Francisco for 32 years, believes the motion to move the case will be denied.
He stated, “It’s exceedingly rare, and the facts aren’t there for this case. This is a pretty straightforward case. Clearly, he’s a troubled person.”
I agree with that assessment, but the case does bring about something I have talked about for years… the fate of the case in far too many instances is more about the political affiliation of the judge than it is the evidence.
One need look no further than the fraud case against Trump, where a Democrat AG and Democrat judge have partnered to railroad Trump in a case that could cost Trump $250 million.