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Reagan shooter wants more time outside hospital

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 12:42 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: assassination, President Ronald Reagan, Washington, mental hospital, John Hinckley, presidential assassination, mental illness, WBRZ

WASHINGTON - The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan wants to spend more time outside a Washington mental hospital, but a government lawyer says John Hinckley's request is premature, and says Hinckley recently tried to cover up browsing at a store for books about Reagan and presidential assassinations.

A jury found Hinckley was insane when he shot and wounded Reagan outside a Washington hotel in 1981, but doctors have said his mental illness is in remission.

In recent years he has been allowed visits of up to 10 days at his mother's home in Virginia.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Washington began hearing arguments that Hinckley should be allowed visits of approximately three weeks and eventually transition to living outside the mental hospital full-time.

Government lawyers oppose the plan.

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