John Hinckley, Who Shot President Ronald Reagan, Wants More Time Out Of Mental Hospital

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(WUSA) -- The man who shot President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago wants more time out of a mental hospital in order to spend time with his family.

Lawyers for John Hinckley Jr. will go before a judge Wednesday.
Hinckley wants more and longer visits away from Saint Elizabeth's to stay at his mother's home near Williamsburg.

Government lawyers are opposed to the plan. They call it "ill conceived."

At the very start of the hearing, prosecutors outlined an incident with Hinckley that suggests a continued obsession with Reagan and presidential assassinations. While in Williamsburg staying at his mother's house on July 24, he stated he was going to the movies. The Secret Service set up surveillance at the theater. Hinckley walked up to the ticket booth and acted like he was buying a ticket, but he didn't.

Instead, he went to the Barnes and Noble next door and went straight to the section on Ronald Reagan and presidential assassinations. The US Attorney's office argues that movement shows he is still a danger to society, even under the current conditional releases. They want more restrictions on him, not less restrictions.

St. Elizabeth's and Hinckley's lawyers want two 17-day releases, and then if there's no trouble, six 24-day releases. And they want him to be able to drive to and from DC unaccompanied, perhaps right by the White House. 

The hearing is expected to take several days.

Back in 1981, Hinckley said he shot President Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster.

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