WASHINGTON – A judge who will decide whether to let the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan live full time outside a mental hospital will hear closing arguments in the case.
Lawyers for John Hinckley Jr. argued during several days of hearings in April that Hinckley should be allowed to live full time at his mother's Virginia home. Hinckley's lawyers argued that he has for decades been free of the mental illness that led him to shoot Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. For about a year, he has been spending 17 days a month at his mother's home.
But government lawyers and Hinckley's lawyers disagree about the conditions he should have to live under if allowed to live there permanently, including whether Hinckley should wear an ankle monitor.