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.