Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hinckley gets more time away from mental hospital

Jun 16 04:31 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - John Hinckley, who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan nearly three decades ago, can spend more time away from his psychiatric hospital and apply for a driver's license, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman found that Hinckley's health will probably improve with more freedom and that he wouldn't be a danger to himself or others.

Hinckley has been committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington since he shot and wounded Reagan, press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a policeman on March 30, 1981, as Reagan left a downtown hotel. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He said he shot Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster.


1 comment:

Always On Watch said...

Insiders say that Hinckley is far from being cured. Typically, the kind of mental illness he has cannot be cured, merely controlled by medications. And such individuals typically do not take their meds regularly because of various side effects.

With a driver's license, Hinckley will have a lot of mobility. Then, what?