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Judge denies Hinckley request for longer unsupervised visits

[JURIST] US District Judge Paul L. Friedman Wednesday denied a request by John Hinckley Jr. to spend more time away from St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC to visit his parents in Williamsburg, VA. Hinckley shot President Reagan and three others in 1981 and was acquitted after trial in 1982 by reason of insanity. Lawyers for Hinckley argued that his mental illness has been in remission for over ten years, therefore he is seeking more freedom. Government attorneys have opposed this and all of Hinckley's requests for unsupervised visits, but Hinckley has gradually won permission to leave hospital grounds, most recently for short, unsupervised visits with his parents which are monitored by Secret Service agents. AP has more.

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