WASHINGTON – Prosecutors and lawyers for the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan are disagreeing over what conditions should be imposed if he's allowed to leave a mental hospital for good and live full-time with his mother in Virginia.
John Hinckley Jr.'s attorney, Barry Levine, said Wednesday during the opening of a multi-day hearing that his client is "clinically ready" to live in the community, a position supported by his treatment team.
Levine says the mental illness that drove Hinckley to shoot the president in 1981 has been in "full and stable remission" for decades and conditions including regular visits with a psychiatrist and therapist can ensure he remains healthy.
Prosecutors say the conditions the hospital suggests imposing aren't enough. They're asking a judge to impose nearly three-dozen restrictions on Hinckley's freedom.