United States

Row over plans to let Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr spend more time out of hospital

There’s a growing row in America over plans to let John Hinckley Jr, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in the 80s, spend more time away from hospital. The plans envision Hinckley eventually leaving hospital altogether and living with his mother.

Hinckley has reportedly been allowed to have 10-day visits with his mother recently, but his lawyers are said to be pushing for these to be extended past the 20-day mark. Government lawyers, meanwhile, are pushing for such an extension to be banned, arguing that Hinckley could still pose a threat to society.

The hearing into Hinckley’s future is expected to take place in the next couple of weeks, but the judge could wait until early 2012 to issue a ruling. There are also concerns over Hinckley’s safety if he is allowed out permanently.

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