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Tag: John Hinckley Jr.

Feds Won’t Charge John W. Hinckley With Murder in James Brady’s Death

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By Peter Hermann
Washington Post Staff Writer

Federal prosecutors said they will not charge John W. Hinckley Jr. with murder in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary in a 1981 assassination attempt, even though a medical examiner concluded his August death was caused by the old wounds.

The decision, announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney for the District, comes four months after the coroner decided that James S. Brady’s death at the age of 73 was caused by bullets fired 34 years ago outside the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Reagan, just 69 days into his presidency, was severely wounded. Brady was struck first, above the left eye, and the bullet shattered in his head into fragments.

“The decision was made following a review of applicable law, the history of the case, and the circumstances of Mr. Brady’s death, including recently finalized autopsy findings,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.

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John Hinckley Jr. Appeared to be Stalking Pres. Carter in 1980 — About 6 Mos. Before He Shot Reagan, Files Show

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By Dan Whittle
Murfreesboro Post

When former President Jimmy Carter came to Nashville back in October 1980, a stalker followed him with the probable intent of shooting the president, according to recently released government documents.

“John Hinckley Jr. was in Nashville the same day (Oct. 9, 1980) Jimmy Carter was at Opryland Hotel and making appearances at other sites in our city,” confirmed Smyrna resident Darrell Long, who was one of the security officers who arrested Hinckley at Nashville International Airport. “But, we nor the FBI put it together that Hinckley was actually stalking President Carter. We had nothing to connect Hinckley with stalking Mr. Carter.”

Until recently, these historic facts have never before been made public.

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John Hinckley Wants More Unsupervised Visits to Mother’s Va. Home

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Hinckley Jr., the Jodie Foster-obsessed gunman who shot President Reagan in 1981, wants more unsupervised visits to his mother’s home in Virginia, according to a court filing on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington.

The court papers filed by attorney Barry Levine asks a federal judge to grant the  55-year-old more unsupervised visits. The papers noted that Hinckley had been granted 12 unsupervised visits, but used them all up. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The filing was first reported by the Associated Press.

“This Court’s July 20, 2009 Order granted Mr. Hinckley a total of twelve (12) visits to his mother’s home for a duration of nine nights,” attorney Levine wrote. “Mr. Hinckley has recently completed his twelfth visit, and therefore is unable to continue progressing with the therapeutic and transitional goals of the visits unless and until there is further relief form this Court.”

“Like his prior conditional release visits, each and every one of Mr. Hinckley’s twelve visits under the July 20, 2009 Court Order were completed in full and faithful compliance with the Court’s order, without any manifestation of mental disease or danger to himself or others, as has been reported to this Court.”

“Consequently, the Hospital is preparing a petition to this Court to request that Mr. Hinckley be given additional time in the area of his mother’s home toward the goal of fully transitioning Mr. Hinckley there.

“During the pendency of the preparation of the petition, Mr. Hinckley and the Hospital respectfully request that this Court enter an Order granting him interim relief of additional visits until such time as the Court enters a new order in order for Mr. Hinckley to maintain his therapeutic and transitional goals.”

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Washington Post Reporter Writes Book on Shooting of Pres. Reagan

By JANET MASLIN
New York Times

The patient was 70, fit and very polite. He made it a point of pride to walk into the emergency room under his own steam. The medical staff went to work on him immediately, cutting off clothes, inserting IV lines, starting fluids and hooking up monitors. The process moved so fast that one worker never bothered to look at his face. Another asked for an address and was surprised by the answer: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It has been nearly 30 years since President Ronald Reagan was shot outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981. The attack is well remembered, but the details are not. One reason for the memory lapse, according to Del Quentin Wilber, the author of “Rawhide Down,” a newly revealing account of this potentially deadly attack, is that Reagan survived it so smoothly.

Twelve days after being fired upon, he was back at the White House looking sensational. He ultimately enhanced his popularity by rebounding with such courage, resilience and even good cheer.

Mr. Wilber, a Washington Post reporter covering law-enforcement and security issues, had no great interest in dredging up the details of this crisis. But in 2008 he covered a hearing for John W. Hinckley Jr., the blank-faced shooter who had been found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982. (Mr. Hinckley remains largely confined to a psychiatric hospital.)

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Reagan Assailant John Hinckley Can Get D.C. Driver’s License and Spend More Time With Mother

Nearly 30 years after he shot President Reagan, John Hinckley’s whereabouts and movements are still of interest to the public. After all this time, the question is: How dangerous is he?

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By Del Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to obtain a D.C. driver’s license and spend more time at his mother’s home in Virginia under a ruling yesterday by a federal judge.

The decision is the latest in recent years expanding privileges for Hinckley, who has been held at St. Elizabeths Hospital since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting of President Ronald Reagan, his press secretary and two law enforcement officers.

The psychiatric hospital is seeking to gradually increase Hinckley’s freedom so that doctors can evaluate whether he is nearing the point where he can be released and live independently with his mother in the Williamsburg area.

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