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Hinckley seeks more time on the outside

Attorneys ask judge to extend order granting family visits

From Kevin Bohn
CNN Washington Bureau

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Presidential assailant John Hinckley is asking a federal judge to allow him to continue visits to his parents' home without supervision. Hinckley was committed to a mental hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

Last year Hinckley was granted seven unsupervised visits to his parents' home in Williamsburg, Virginia. In a court filing this month, lawyers for Hinckley say he has completed all but one of those trips.

"On each of these trips, Mr. Hinckley has complied fully with all of the conditions of release, and not a single negative occurrence has been reported in connection with any of the trips," wrote attorney Barry Levine in a memorandum filed with U.S. District Court.

Hinckley's lawyers are asking for further visits to the parents' home while they prepare a legal motion asking that the terms for his stays outside the mental hospital be expanded. They did not give details of what they will be requesting.

The Justice Department responded with a legal filing saying it opposes the request for continued conditional releases for Hinckley because it "is concerned about the lack of reliable" personnel who have the responsibility of monitoring him.

Government officials argued they have not seen reports filed by a psychiatrist or assessed the quality of that doctor's evaluation.

"The government is unable to evaluate Mr. Hinckley's condition until it has the ability to subpoena Mr. Hinckley's medical records, something which must await Mr. Hinckley's request for a hearing," prosecutors stated.

Levine, in his filing, argued, "It would be detrimental to Mr. Hinckley's constitutionally guaranteed treatment if Mr. Hinckley's conditional releases were to be discontinued, even temporarily."

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman has scheduled a hearing November 6.

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