Hinckley will regain full freedom 41 years after shooting President Ronald Reagan

John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is “no longer a danger to himself or others” and will be released from court supervision this month as scheduled, said Wednesday a federal judge, bringing Hinckley’s four-decade journey through the legal and mental health systems to a close. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman released Hinckley in September from all remaining restraints, but said his order would not take effect until June 15. Wednesday’s final hearing was scheduled to ensure Hinckley continues to do well in the Virginia community where he has lived for years.Video file above: Federal judge rules John Hinckley should be released from Hinckley supervision did not attend the final hearing, and the judge made no changes to his plans to give Hinckley complete freedom from court oversight. “He was scrutinized. He passed all the tests. He is no longer a danger to himself or others, Friedman said during a hearing that lasted about an hour. Friedman devoted much of the hearing to talking about the “long road” of the case, which he was randomly assigned two decades ago, the third judge to be involved in the case. He noted that Hinckley, who turned 67 on Sunday, was deeply troubled when he tried to kill the president, coming “very close to doing it.” But Hinckley has shown no signs of active mental illness since the mid-1980s, the judge repeated Wednesday, and has shown no violent behavior or interest in weapons. “I am confident that Mr. Hinckley will do well in his remaining years,” the judge said. He noted that government and Hinckley lawyers fought for years over whether Hinckley should be granted increasing freedom. “It’s taken us a long time to get to this,” he said, adding that there was now unanimous agreement: “Now is the time to let John Hinckley get on with his life, so we will. .” Hinckley was confined to a mental hospital in Washington for more than two decades after a jury found him not guilty due to the insanity of shooting Reagan. The shoot was fueled by his obsession with the film “Taxi Driver” and its star, Jodie Foster. In the film, the main character at one point tries to kill a presidential candidate. Beginning in 2003, Friedman began allowing Hinckley to spend more and more time in the community with requirements such as undergoing therapy and restrictions on where he can travel. He has lived full-time in Virginia since 2016, although he is still subject to restrictions. Some of these include: allowing government officials access to his electronic devices, emails and online accounts ; being banned from going to places where he knows there will be someone protected by the Secret Service; and give three days notice if he wants to travel more than 120 miles from his home in Virginia. Prosecutors previously opposed ending the restrictions, but changed their stance last year. Prosecutor Kacie Weston said in court Wednesday that the government believes the case “demonstrated the success that can come from an enveloping mental health system.” She noted that Hinckley had expressed a desire to continue receiving mental health services even after he was no longer held to Hinckley’s longtime attorney, Barry Levine, who said the case “started with a troubled young man who inflicted great harm on her” and that in the end, “I think we saved a life”. “John worked hard. He wanted to fix something he couldn’t erase, and that’s the best result you could imagine,” Levine said after the hearing. , adding: “His regrets will always be with him when it comes to the families of those he hurt.” Levine said his client hopes to pursue a career in music and has “real talent.” In July, Hinckley – who plays guitar and sings and has shared his music on a YouTube channel – plans to perform a concert in Brooklyn, New York. Appearances in Connecticut and Chicago for what he called the “John Hinckley Redemption Tour” have been cancelled. Reagan recovered from the March 30, 1981 shooting, but his publicist, James Brady, who died in 2014, was partially paralyzed as a result. Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington Police Officer Thomas Delahanty were also injured. Reagan died in 2004. On Wednesday, the Reagan Foundation released a statement opposing the lifting of restrictions. “The Foundation and the Reagan Institute are both saddened and concerned that John Hinckley Jr. will soon be unconditionally released and intends to pursue a for-profit musical career,” the statement read. “We strongly oppose his release into society where he apparently seeks to cash in on his infamy.” In the 2000s, Hinckley began, with the judge’s approval, visiting his parents’ home in Williamsburg , Virginia. His father died in 2008, but in 2016 he was allowed to live with his mother full-time. Yet he was required to attend individual and group therapy sessions, had no the right to speak to the media and could only move within a limited area. The Secret Service would also track him periodically. Hinckley’s mother died in 2021. He has since left home. In recent years, Hinckley has gained many money by selling items in an antique mall and selling books online. Hinckley said on his YouTube channel that he started a record label, Emporia Records, and his first release would be a 14 CD of his music. He also promotes his music on Twitter.

John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is “no longer a danger to himself or others” and will be released from court supervision this month as scheduled, said Wednesday a federal judge, capping Hinckley’s four-decade journey through the legal and mental health systems.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman had released Hinckley in September from all remaining restrictions, but said his order would not take effect until June 15. Wednesday’s final hearing was scheduled to ensure Hinckley continued to do well in the Virginia community where he lived for years.

Video file above: Federal judge rules John Hinckley will be released from surveillance

Hinckley did not attend the final hearing, and the judge made no changes to his plans to give Hinckley complete freedom from court oversight.

“He was scrutinized. He passed all the tests. He is no longer a danger to himself or others,” Friedman said during a hearing that lasted about an hour. Friedman devoted much of the hearing to talking about the “long road” of the case, which was randomly assigned to him two decades ago, the third judge to be involved in the case.

He noted that Hinckley, who turned 67 on Sunday, was deeply troubled when he tried to kill the president, coming “very close to doing it.” But Hinckley has shown no signs of active mental illness since the mid-1980s, the judge repeated Wednesday, and has shown no violent behavior or interest in weapons.

‘I am confident that Mr Hinckley will do well in his remaining years,’ the judge said. He noted that government and Hinckley lawyers fought for years over whether Hinckley should be granted increasing freedom. “It’s taken us a long time to get to this,” he said, adding that there was now unanimous agreement: “Now is the time to let John Hinckley get on with his life, so we will. .”

Hinckley was confined to a mental hospital in Washington for more than two decades after a jury found him not guilty due to the insanity of shooting Reagan. The shoot was fueled by his obsession with the film “Taxi Driver” and its star, Jodie Foster. In the film, the main character at one point tries to kill a presidential candidate.

Beginning in 2003, Friedman began allowing Hinckley to spend more and more time in the community with requirements such as undergoing therapy and restrictions on where he can travel. He has lived full-time in Virginia since 2016, although he is still subject to restrictions.

Some of them include: allowing public officials to access their electronic devices, emails and online accounts; being banned from going to places where he knows there will be someone protected by the Secret Service; and give three days notice if he wants to travel more than 120 miles from his home in Virginia.

Prosecutors previously opposed ending the restrictions, but changed their position last year. Prosecutor Kacie Weston said in court Wednesday that the government believes the case “demonstrated the success that can come from an enveloping mental health system.” She noted that Hinckley had expressed a desire to continue to receive mental health services even after he was no longer required to do so, and said the government wished him “success both for him and for the community safety”.

Hinckley’s longtime attorney Barry Levine said the case ‘started with a troubled young man who inflicted great damage’ and ultimately ‘I think we saved a life. “.

“Jean worked hard. He wanted to fix something he couldn’t erase, and that’s the best result you could imagine,” Levine said after the hearing, adding, “His regrets will always be with him in what concerns the families of those he injured. ”

Levine said his client hopes to pursue a career in music and has “real talent.” In July, Hinckley – who plays guitar and sings and has shared his music on a YouTube channel – plans to perform a concert in Brooklyn, New York. Appearances in Connecticut and Chicago for what he called the “John Hinckley Redemption Tour” have been cancelled.

Reagan recovered from the March 30, 1981 shooting, but his publicist, James Brady, who died in 2014, was partially paralyzed. Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington Police Officer Thomas Delahanty were also injured. Reagan died in 2004.

On Wednesday, the Reagan Foundation issued a statement opposing the lifting of restrictions.

“The Reagan Foundation and Institute are both saddened and concerned that John Hinckley Jr. will soon be unconditionally released and intends to pursue a for-profit musical career,” the statement read. He concludes: “We strongly oppose his release into society where he appears to seek to cash in on his infamy.

In the 2000s, Hinckley began, with the judge’s approval, making visits to his parents’ home in Williamsburg, Virginia. His father died in 2008, but in 2016 he was allowed to live with his mother full time. Yet he was required to attend individual and group therapy sessions, was prohibited from speaking to the media, and could only move within a limited area. The Secret Service would also track him periodically.

Hinckley’s mother died in 2021. He has since moved out of her home. In recent years, Hinckley has made money selling items at an antiques mall and selling books online.

Hinckley said on his YouTube channel that he started a record label, Emporia Records, and his first release would be a 14-song CD of his music. He also promotes his music on Twitter.

Corina C. Butler