A psychologist treating John Hinckley Jr. told a federal judge that the man who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981 is no longer a danger and should be allowed out of confinement for extended overnight visits with his family, USA Today reports. Hinckley wants unsupervised, five-day visits every two weeks at his parents’ home in Williamsburg, Va. The government says it is premature to allow Hinckley, 49, more freedom while questions remain about his longtime relationship with a former hospital patient.
The psychologist, Sidney Binks, said that there were no incidents on outings already approved, and that Hinckley went unrecognized at Washington’s National Zoo, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, restaurants, shops and a theater performance. In court papers, psychiatric experts for the U.S. Attorney’s office say Hinckley’s relationship with former hospital patient Leslie DeVeau is “unclear” and may be a source of stress if he is allowed unsupervised release. DeVeau was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal shooting of her daughter in 1982. She was in the same hospital as Hinckley; before her release she and Hinckley had a romantic relationship. In 1982, Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He has been at St. Elizabeths Hospital since then.