WASHINGTON – A judge is considering whether to allow President Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin to live full time outside a mental hospital.
Lawyers for the government and John Hinckley Jr. on Tuesday concluded seven days of hearings that were meant to help Judge Paul L. Friedman decide whether Hinckley should be allowed to live permanently outside the hospital and, if so, under what conditions.
Friedman has incrementally expanded Hinckley's freedom since ruling in 2003 that he could leave St. Elizabeth's hospital for daylong visits with his family. Hinckley now spends 17 days a month at his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia. The hospital and his lawyers say he's ready to live there full time.