Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Reagan gunman's extended visit plea

US president Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981 by John Hinckley

Lawyers for the man who shot US president Ronald Reagan in 1981 are to ask a judge to let him spend more time away from a mental hospital with the aim of eventually allowing him to live outside the facility full-time.

John Hinckley, who was found by a jury to be insane when he shot and wounded Mr Reagan, has for years been able to spend days at his mother's home in Virginia.

On Thursday, a judge in Washington will begin hearing arguments that Hinckley should be allowed additional visits of 17 and 24 days.

A court document says Washington's St Elizabeth's Hospital also wants the ability to decide if he should live away from the facility full-time.

Government lawyers oppose the plan, calling it "premature and ill-conceived".

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