John Hinckley, the man who shot and wounded President Reagan, should be allowed to spend more time with family in Virginia instead of in a psychiatric hospital, his lawyer argued Monday.
The argument by attorney Barry Levine came on the first of what could be three days of a hearing before Judge Paul L. Friedman. The jurist will rule on the plan for the number and length of visits Hinckley will be allowed with his family.
Hinckley, 57, shot Reagan in March 1981 as part of the would-be assassin’s fantasy of impressing actress Jodie Foster and his fascination with the movie “Taxi Driver.” Hinckley was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity and was confined at Washington’s St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
At the end of 2005, Hinckley was given permission for overnight visits to his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va. Currently the visits run 10 days and are planned and monitored.