Judge lifts all restraints on Reagan assassins

Judge reverses all convictions for Reagan assassins

Released on 02.06.1981

  • Attempted to assassinate then US President Ronald Reagen: John Hinckley (archive image ). Photo: FBI/dpa

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At the 30. On March 10 1981 he shot Ronald Reagan in Washington – the then US President survived with serious injuries. Now John Hinckley is to be released from judicial and medical supervision in a few days.


More than 40 Years after the shooting of the then US President Ronald Reagan, according to US media reports, all court conditions for the assassin are to be dropped.

Of the 67 year old John Hinckley is due on . June will be released from judicial and medical supervision, as several US media reported after the final hearing in a court in Washington.

“I am confident that Mr. Hinckley will do well in the years that remain for him,” Judge Paul Friedman quoted the Washington Post as saying. After four decades of surveillance, Hinckley has proven that he “should be ready to move on with his life.” There are no concerns about his mental condition, prosecutors, psychologists and Hinckley’s attorneys agreed at the hearing, CBS reported.

Insane at the time of the offence

Hinckley had on 30. March 1981 shot at Reagan in Washington as he was leaving a hotel after a speech. Reagan survived badly injured. In addition to Reagan, two security officers and his spokesman were injured. Hinckley – then 25 years old – stated that he wanted to impress actress Jodie Foster, of whom he had been possessed. 1982 a jury acquitted him of all charges because he was mentally unsound at the time of the crime.

1981 Hinckley was released from a mental hospital. He first moved in with his mother. This is now dead. A court had decided at the time that he no longer posed a danger to himself or others. However, Hinckley reportedly had to comply with certain requirements, including no guns, staying away from certain people, carrying a GPS-enabled cell phone and attending certain court and treatment appointments.

Last fall, the Justice Department agreed to end Hinckley’s forensic and medical surveillance. The judge responsible then declared that he wanted to free Hinckley from the remaining conditions if he followed the existing rules by summer 2022 and adhered to his mental state of health does not change. (dpa)

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