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Judge allows Hinckley overnight visits with parents

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday granted a request by John W. Hinckley, Jr. [profile], who shot President Ronald Reagan and 3 others in 1981 [PBS report], for seven overnight visits with his parents in their home in Williamsburg, Virginia, 150 miles from Washington. Hinckley, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982, has been confined to St. Elizabeths Hospital [hospital website], a psychiatric unit in Washington, but has been allowed to leave the facility for overnight visits within 50 miles of the hospital. US District Judge Paul L. Friedman, who initially denied the request [JURIST report], conditioned the three and four-night visits on Hinckley not leaving his parents custody for more than 90 minutes during the visits and checking in with the hospital daily. The US Justice Department may appeal the decision. AP has more.

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