Reagan Shooter Seeking More Freedom
Is John Hinckley, Jr. still a threat to society?
- Duration 4:22
- Date Nov 30, 2011
Is John Hinckley, Jr. still a threat to society?
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-- thirty years after he tried to kill President Reagan John Hinckley junior is asking the court to let him walk out of the mental hospital he's been occupying.
Back in 1981 the would be assassin opened fire on President Reagan outside a hotel in Washington.
That's about what happened fifteen years ago John.
Press Secretary a Secret Service agent and a police officer were hurt in that attack.
-- jury later found John Hinckley junior not guilty by reason of insanity and sent him off that mental hospital -- mentioned.
But now his lawyers won a judge to let him leave there for weeks at a time and eventually go free.
Molly Henneberg is following this we're not for us from Washington this afternoon -- prosecutors are fighting this thing what happened in court today miles.
I -- the government says Hinckley has a deceptive personality and wanted to spend more time in the mental institution saint Elizabeth's not less.
Heatley -- hearing began today we have some pictures of his brother Scott arriving -- district courts.
The government told the judge that Hinckley has not been truthful about his whereabouts during visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg West Virginia.
And cited an event this past July 24 when Hinckley said he was going to a movie.
But instead he went to a bookstore and read books on president dragon and people who have tried to assassinate presidents.
Assistant US attorney Sarah -- and said in court today that Hinckley quote.
Has a long history of deception and does quote whatever he wants and thinks he can get away with it.
Jackson also says Hinckley did something similar went to a bookstore when he said he was going to a movie this past September.
-- what's the response from Brinkley's lawyers on this -- I think -- lawyer contends that Hinckley is not threats and dismisses that movie -- situation by saying quote.
Lack of candor about not attending a movie does not make him dangerous.
And continues by saying quote it excess of two decades there's not been a single incidence of violence by Hinckley.
Saint Elizabeth says think we should be allowed longer visits with his 85 year old mother and if those visits go well the hospital wants to be able to decide rather than the courts.
If he can live with his mom full time.
-- Molly Henneberg in Washington Molly thank you the hospital decided to -- live -- the his mother the full time -- that the court is that standard and is that how this thing work yeah.
That's -- -- too -- -- the ward of the hospital and you ward at a hospital but I mean you tried to kill the president -- -- I don't agree with -- at all I mean that's another -- that is no work that's that's how it works well I thought it trying to make it work.
I'm not surprised at all the standard is is he a threat.
And who was it a better position to say whether he is a threat -- not in the hospital but what's great about what we're seeing today.
All of the segments it's all about evidence no evidence and your -- -- -- no evidence.
Smith had no evidence is that he's a threat but I don't like kids have done that I want to the more got a little -- thing.
Like -- the -- the United States number one.
Number two if you want or books ought to read -- -- -- to read Thomas the train or what he's reading about President Reagan and about individuals who have assassinated.
Or attempted to assassinate president wow.
Or again I'll hum well I.
-- getting into seeing what what I can say about him that he felt badly about it may be just wanted to get some historical perspective that makes it a threat he.
He tried to shield the president early years -- we -- this actually that he was not.
If he was not found unfit because of his mental disease it in capacity.
He PGA local life period -- living life on the headlines for force is he -- threat.
I consider a guy -- already pulled the trigger against -- most powerful man in the world.
And he's -- bookstores reading about that person about other people of -- presence in my opinion about the judge yes he wanted.
His -- fight record date for a -- -- I was like why not leave him -- I -- mom come to the hospital she's 85 that's their auctions it.
Scott in the British.
But I mean if you're President Obama how would you feel about this though.
I don't know that I would spend any quality time in mom's neighborhood but the bottom line is he's not a threat soldiers and my son is sixteen does he read Thomas the train engines that it's not any longer he wants to drive the train or drive a car but no he's -- he wants to -- record on the that -- that the -- you're -- is not for the daytime television.
Not children -- drive trains now let's see.