Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Reagan gunman asks for more parental visits


John Hinckley has been hospitalized, except for rare outside visits, since 1982.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- John Hinckley, who staged an unsuccessful assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is asking a federal judge for permission to continue visiting his parents' Williamsburg, Virginia, home without supervision.

Last year, the court granted Hinckley -- found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting, though he has been in a mental hospital since -- seven unsupervised visits. His lawyers say he has completed all but one of those trips, according to a court filing this month.

"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," attorney Barry Levine wrote in a memorandum filed in U.S. District Court.

The Justice Department opposed the request, expressing concern "about the lack of reliable" personnel responsible for monitoring Hinckley. Government officials argued they have not seen or assessed reports filed by Hinckley's psychiatrist, saying the request "must await Mr. Hinckley's request for a hearing."

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman has scheduled a hearing November 6.
Posted By Kevin Bohn and Kelli Arena, CNN America Bureau: 8/15/2006 12:13:00 PM ET | Permalink
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