Given the court's determinations at the time of the initial trial (1981), John Hinckley was treated as a psychotic and deranged individual who desperately needed treatment. the public needed to be protected from the unstable and dangerous man whom Hinckley had demonstrated to be.
Hinckley was assigned to the care of a psychiatric facility and his freedom was taken from him in a far greater way than a common criminal ever experiences. He was forcibly drugged with therapeutic drugs. He had no privacy from medical personnel. He had greatly limited information of the outside world.
Thanks to the advances in psychiatric medicine, Hinckley now poses no danger to the public. That is a very carefully researched and scrutinized decision this federal judge has ever presided over.
The political outcry for Hinckley's further incarceration is little more than if a man cut off his own nose to spite his own face. Hinckley has been costing us millions of dollars in criminal justice procedures and orders. He now finally has to pay for his own lodging and meals. Yes, right now Hinckley is medically disabled. But part of his court order is to begin doing volunteer work. That will hopefully go well and add to the progression of his recovery.
Hinckley will never fully repay his debt to society. But no one repays debts by sitting in prisons of any kind.
President Reagan’s would-be assassin to be released
by Larry Lease
Would be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. has been incarcerated at St. Elizabeth's Hospital since 1981, gradually earning more and more privileges. He has now been granted release to live in the Williamsburg area.
WASHINGTON , July 26, 2016 – Federal Judge Paul L. Friedman has ruled that John Hinckley Jr. could be released from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Hinckley Jr., has been held at the hospital since his failed attempt to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
At the time of his trial he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has been serving his sentence at St. Elizabeth hospital in Washington D.C. The would-be assassin, now aged 61, will be released on full-time convalescence leave on or after August 5th of this year.
Mr. Hinckley is already living outside the institution up to 17 days per month, living with his mother during that time. Judge Friedman ruled that Hinckley “does not pose a danger to himself or others” and he also believes that Hinckley’s psychotic disorder has been in remission for more than two decades. The hospital is required to advocate for his release if they feel he has recovered sufficiently to be released.
John Hinckley Jr. shot at Reagan with a 22 caliber Röhm RG-14 revolver as the president left the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. in 1981, puncturing his lung and nearly missing his heart. The president was hit with a bullet the ricocheted off the presidential limousine.
Three other men were injured, including former Press Secretary James Brady, Washington policeman Thomas K. Delahanty and secret service agent Timothy J. McCarthy, who was shot in the stomach.
Secret service agent Jerry Parr, who has since died, was credited with saving the President’s life. Former First Lady called Parr “one of my true heroes.”
“Without Jerry looking out for Ronnie on March 30, 1981, I would have certainly lost my best friend and roommate to an assassin’s bullet,” she said. “Jerry was not only one of the finest Secret Service agents to ever serve this country, but one of the most decent human beings I’ve ever known. He was humble but strong, reserved but confident, and blessed with a great sense of humor. It is no wonder that he and my husband got along so well.”
The VA medical examiner ruled his death as a homicide, resulting from a Hinckley’s shooting rampage.
During his arrest Hinckley told police officers he wanted to kill Reagan to prove his love to Hollywood actress Jodie Foster. At the time, Hinckley wrote to the actress:
“The reason I’m going ahead with this attempt now is because I cannot wait any longer to impress you,” he wrote. “This letter is being written only an hour before I leave for the Hilton Hotel. Jodie, I’m asking you to please look into your heart and at least give the chance, with this historical deed, to gain your love and respect.”
The decision by Judge Friedman comes just four months after former First Lady Nancy Reagan died. Responses to the decision by the judge has come from both sides of the aisle.
Hinckley will be a free man but has strict guidelines he must follow. Included in the Judge’s 103 page opinion are the following guidelines:
Hinckley Jr. is not the first “would-be” assassin to be released from prison. Lynette Fromme, who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford was released from prison in 2009 after serving 34 year
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