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 November 7, 2023

Paul Pelosi's attacker faces trial, defense lawyers raise 'impartiality' concerns

Last year, Paul Pelosi, husband of Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was reportedly attacked in his San Francisco home by a deranged man. 

That man, David DePape, is now set to begin his trial, as he faces charges of attempted murder and other charges. But his lawyers have raised questions about jury "impartiality," according to the Washington Examiner.

Earlier this year, a federal judge denied DePape's lawyers' request to move the trial some 200 miles outside of San Francisco to Eureka, California.

The Examiner noted:

DePape's federal public defenders, Jodi Linker and Angela Chuang, argued that local publicity in the case threatened DePape’s right to a fair trial, presenting U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley with a commissioned survey reflecting how many potential jurors already believe he is guilty of the crimes against Paul Pelosi.

DePape's defense attorneys displayed the results of the survey in a filing, arguing that a majority of the jurors in a San Francisco courtroom already believe DePape is guilty of the crimes he's charged with.

In contrast, potential jurors in Eureka are nowhere near as convinced.

"Specifically, as to Count 1, the attempted kidnapping charge, 55% of prospective jurors in the San Francisco Division already believe that DePape is guilty. By contrast, only 39% of jurors in the Eureka Division already believe Mr. DePape is guilty," his lawyers wrote.

The judge who denied the request to move the trial to Eureka argued that it would be more difficult to find jurors there, given how much smaller it is than San Fransisco.

Additionally, the judge countered the defense lawyers, claiming that San Francisco would provide a much larger potential jury pool and that such jurors would be properly questioned before being selected.

Nancy Pelosi was subpoenaed for a criminal case in California at the same time that DePape's trial will take place. Details were not provided, other than it was in connection with the case.

The attack on her husband, Nancy Pelosi said, contributed to her decision to step down from Democratic leadership in the House.

Only time will tell what the jury thinks about DePape's actions.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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