The man who unsuccessfully tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan will be allowed to live full-time in Virginia, according to the Associated Press.
From the report:
John Hinckley Jr. is ready to live in the community, Judge Paul L. Friedman ruled Wednesday, granting him full time convalescent leave that shall begin no sooner than Aug. 5. Friedman’s ruling comes more than 35 years after the March 30, 1981, shooting outside a Washington hotel in which Reagan and three others were injured.
Doctors have said for many years that the now 61-year-old Hinckley, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting, is no longer plagued by the mental illness that drove him to shoot Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster.
Hinckley’s release from Washington’s St. Elizabeths hospital has been more than a decade in the making. In late 2003, the judge allowed Hinckley to begin leaving the hospital for day visits with his parents in the Washington area.
The people I feel most sorry for are Jodie Foster and the Reagan family, not to mention anyone else Hinckley decides to harass or shoot if his mental illness “returns.”
Please. If you were so mentally ill that you tried to kill someone, you cannot be “cured.” Attempted murder, murder, and innocent of either by reason of insanity are all the thing.
As I’ve often said to people, murder is the only activity in America for which there is a reward for failure.