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Friday, December 30, 2011

Judge allowed Reagan shooter Hinckley overnight visits with parents
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On December 30, 2005, the US DIstrict Court for the District of Columbia granted a request by John W. Hinckley, Jr., for seven overnight visits with his parents at their home in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1981, Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan and 3 others outside of the Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC following Reagan's speech at an AFL-CIO convention. Hinckley was found not guilty of the crime by reason of insanity and is confined to a psychiatric unit at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC. Since the ruling, Hinckley's family and doctors have petitioned in federal court for less restrictive incarceration, although attorneys for the US government have consistently argued against allowing Hinckley more freedom. They insist that Hinckley still thinks about "notoriously violent events and people" and needs regular contact with his doctors to remain stable.



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