A little more than a year ago, Paul Pelosi, the husband of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the former Speaker of the House, was attacked by David DePape.
The attack is not in question, as it was seen on tape and DePape’s attorneys have conceded that their client struck Pelosi in the head with a hammer.
The trial has finally started, and Pelosi took the stand to tell his tale.
Quite frankly, it is amazing that Pelosi remembers anything from that night.
From what we saw from bodycam footage, Pelosi lost the struggle for the hammer and before police could intervene, DePape took several swings to Pelosi’s head, fracturing his skull.
Pelosi explained, "The door opened and a very large man came in with a hammer in one hand and some ties in the other and he said, 'Where’s Nancy' as I think that woke me up.
"I’m asleep and he bursts in the door and that woke me up.
"It was a tremendous shock to recognize that somebody had broken into the house and looking at him and looking at the hammer and the ties, I recognized that I was in serious danger, so I tried to stay as calm as possible.”
In addition to a fractured skull, Pelosi also had wounds to his hands and right arm.
DePape entered the home through a glass-paneled door in the rear of the home, which was also captured on surveillance video.
Pelosi, understandably, stated, "It’s a year later and I’m trying to put it out of my mind.” He noted that he has not really discussed that night with anyone because he does not want to “relive this.”
During the trial, court members were shown the full video, which included Pelosi lying on the floor after the attack, with blood gushing from his head, at which point there was a noticeable “gasp” throughout the courtroom.
Defense attorneys are trying to argue that DePape should not be convicted on the charges related to the attack because he believed he was trying to stop political corruption and attacks against children by celebrities and politicians.