Hinckley Lawyers Ask Court for More Visits to Williamsburg

March 31st, 2011 by Kim Lenz

Attorneys for John Hinckley, Jr., and St. Elizabeths Hospital have filed a joint motion to allow more unsupervised visits to his mother’s Kingsmill home.

Hinckley, now 55, was 25 on March 30, 1981, when he attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. Three others, including Reagan press secretary James Brady and two law enforcement officers, were wounded in the shooting. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a 1982 trial, and has spent the intervening years under institutional psychiatric care at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.

In June 2009 a federal judge approved a plan to allow Hinckley to have a dozen visits to his mother’s home. Each visit, unsupervised by hospital staff, could last 10 days, with the goal being increased independence and an eventual release so Hinckley can live with his mother.

According to the motion filed Tuesday in federal court, Hinckley has exhausted those visits. Both his attorneys and those for St. Elizabeths are asking the judge to grant “interim relief” of additional visits until the court prepares a new order concerning Hinckley’s future.

“Mr. Hinckley has recently completed his twelfth visit, and therefore is unable to continue progressing with the therapeutic and transitional goals of the visits unless and until there is further relief form [sic] this Court,” the March 29 motion reads. “Like his prior conditional release visits, each and every one of Mr. Hinckley’s twelve visits under the July 20, 2009 Court Order were completed in full and faithful compliance with the Court’s order, without any manifestation of mental disease or danger to himself or others, as has been reported to this Court.”

Although Hinckley is unsupervised by hospital staff, the 2009 order requires him to carry a GPS-enabled cellphone so authorities and doctors can ensure that he is following his release restrictions.

According to James City County police, Hinckley’s visits here have been uneventful.

11 Responses to Hinckley Lawyers Ask Court for More Visits to Williamsburg

  1. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Let him go. He could only improve the reputation of Kingsmill residents.

  2. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hinckley isn’t the only one beating the system. Oswaldo Martinez has made the local judges and attorneys look like a bunch of blithering idiots.

    We have far too many lawyerly exceptions that do great harm to the public and to the justice system as a whole.

  3. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Allowing this man out on the streets along with normal human beings who can also be shot at as Reagan was, is INSANE>
    Why should he have privileges like that when Reagans life was never the same after the shooting.
    He deserves to stay LOCKED UP FOREVER>

  4. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm


  5. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Let’s see, now. Didn’t one of the bullets used to try to MURDER our President Reagan come within an inch or less of accomplishing that goal by John Hinckley, Jr.? Haven’t his lawyers, for years, been chipping away at restoring his “rights”, including this latest flurry of legal maneuvers?
    I thought so. Just wanted to make sure that the rest of you remembered those legal stragedies! Forgiveness….?

  6. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Two words. James Brady.

    Mr. Brady was mamed for life due to Mr. Hinckley. Patti Davis, Reagan’s daughter was correct when she recently said that no other person accused of this crime would have unsupervised visits to his mother. She, correctly, stated that his family’s wealth bought him these privileges. He tried 30 years ago yesterday to murder the President of the United States! I just look at James Brady and that answers it for me: NO to more visits.

  7. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    This is unbelievable.Okay let me try to understand this… If you try to shoot the President you dont’ go to jail. You get a group of special agents follow you around for life on the tax payers dime. This is crazy and anyone that enables this should be put in prison and serve the time he should have gotten.If he is crazy or was crazy, why cant his little mother go visit him over at Eastern state.

  8. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    [quote name=”Common Sense”]Let him go. He could only improve the reputation of Kingsmill residents.[/quote]

    Are you an adult? Have you been this bitter your whole life? I hope you don’t have children, because you are probably teaching them prejudices and bullying tactics. Did you really need to spend the time it took you to put that insult on here? That is how your time is best spent? If so, you need to re-examine your life. Sticks and stones.

  9. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    [quote name=”Common Sense”]Let him go. He could only improve the reputation of Kingsmill residents.[/quote]

  10. Anonymous

    March 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I think insanity, wealth and the legal system should only be used to defend my child or myself, not this guy!

    The law should be what we think not what is written, learned, practiced and evolved by those experienced in our legal system. How can we always get the outcomes we want when we have a fair and impartial way of trying and appealing our legal judgements? We need one of these good wise people here to make this Hinckley decision all by themselves in their fair and informed way.

  11. Anonymous

    April 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    “Strategies” (correction!) Sorry…sometimes think too fast and don’t check back….

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