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Published on June 07, 2024
Shock Twist in Pelosi Assault Case: San Francisco Court Drops Attempted Murder Charge Against Convict DePape

In a notable decision in the state trial of David DePape, the man convicted of attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has dismissed several serious charges including attempted murder. Judge Harry M. Dorfman accepted the defense's double jeopardy argument on Thursday, clearing DePape of charges that could have added significant time to his already substantial federal sentence, CBS News San Francisco reports.

DePape still faces accusations, including residential burglary, false imprisonment, threats against a public official and their family, and two additional counts. This decision comes only weeks after DePape received a 30-year federal sentence for assaulting Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after breaking into their home on October 28, 2022, in search of the then Speaker for whom DePape was searching.

According to KTVU, the charges dismissed by Judge Dorfman were among the most severe DePape faced in state court. Both the defense and prosecution requested a pause in proceedings for an appellate court to review Thursday's dismissals, a request that Judge Dorfman granted.

The trial, now awaiting the appellate court's review, is set to resume on June 14. The jury will reconvene at 10 a.m., potentially to deliberate on the five remaining counts DePape is charged with. The federal sentence DePape received last month will be served concurrently with any sentence imposed by the state trial, a ruling that could shape the total time DePape ultimately serves.