Experts Say Hinckley Can Be Safely Released

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John W. Hinckley, Jr. should be able to visit his parents without supervision, his attorney told a judge yesterday. The lawyer said that experts hired by federal prosecutors agree he is not a risk to himself or others, the Washington Post reports. Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981, lives on a secured ward of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. He wants to make 10 visits, some day-long and some overnight, to his family’s home in Williamsburg, Va. Hinckley, 48, has not left the psychiatric facility without staff monitoring since 1982, when a federal jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Post says that prosecutors and defense attorney Barry Levine are negotiating conditions under which Hinckley could be released. High-level officials Justice Department officials much approve any such arrangement. rding to sources familiar with the discussions. Judge Paul Friedman could approve unsupervised visits even if prosecutors are opposed. The Secret Service typically follows Hinckley whenever he leaves the hospital. Experts have agreed that Hinckley’s mental disorders are in remission and that he is not violent or dangerous. The judge scheduled a hearing for Nov. 3.


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