Lawyers are scheduled to appear 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 duties, including overseeing his medical care and keeping track of computer passwords.
Since Hinckley, 66, moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, from a hospital in Washington in 2016, the imposed conditions have included doctors and therapists monitoring his psychiatric medication and deciding how often he attends individual and group therapy sessions. Hinckley can’t have a gun either. And he can not contact Reagan’s children, other victims or their families or the actress Jodie Foster, whom he was obsessed with at the time of the 1981 shooting.
A state conference is scheduled for Monday before U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington.
Attorney Barry Levine has asked for unconditional release, saying Hinckley no longer poses a threat. An assessment of the risk of violence in 2020 conducted on behalf of the Washington Department of Behavioral Health concluded that Hinckley would not pose a danger.
The U.S. government opposed an end to restrictions from a court case in May and retained an expert to determine whether Hinckley would pose a danger to himself or others if released unconditionally. Results of such an investigation have not been submitted to the court.
Hinckley was 25 when he shot and wounded the 40th U.S. 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 Delahanty.
Jury members ruled that Hinckley was suffering from acute psychosis and found him innocent due to insanity, saying he needed treatment and not life in prison.
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