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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, to be released from surveillance

by Ben Finlay

A federal judge said Monday that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan four decades ago, could be relieved of all his remaining sanctions next year if he continues to abide by those rules. and remains mentally stable.

US District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman said during a 90-minute court hearing that he would deliver his decision on the plan this week.

Friedman said the plan is to release Hinckley from all court supervision in June if he remains mentally stable and continues to comply with court-issued rules after leaving Washington Hospital in 2016 to live in Williamsburg, Virginia. .

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from AP.

Lawyers are scheduled to meet in federal court on Monday to discuss whether John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, should be released from court-imposed sanctions. That includes overseeing their medical care and maintaining their computer passwords.

Since Hinckley, 66, moved from Washington Hospital to Williamsburg, Virginia in 2016, court-imposed conditions include the doctors and therapists who oversee her psychiatric medications and deciding how often she attends individual and group therapy sessions. participate. Hinckley may not even have a gun. And he couldn’t contact Reagan’s children, other victims or their families, or actress Jodie Foster, whom he was obsessed with at the time of the 1981 shooting.

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US District Judge Paul L. in Washington. A status conference is scheduled for Monday before Friedman.

Attorney Barry Levine has asked for an unconditional release, saying that Hinckley is no longer a threat. The 2020 Violence Risk Assessment, conducted by Washington’s Department of Behavioral Health, concluded that Hinckley would pose no threat.

The US government opposed ending the sanctions, as of a May court filing, and retained an expert to determine whether Hinckley would pose a danger to himself or others if released unconditionally. No. Findings from such an examination have not been filed in court.

Hinckley was 25 when he shot and wounded the 40th US President outside a hotel in Washington. The shooting paralyzed Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, who died in 2014. It also injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington Police Officer Thomas Delhunty.

The jurors decided that Hinkley was suffering from acute psychosis and found him not guilty by reason of insanity, saying that he needed treatment and not life in prison.

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