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Reagan foundation opposes Hinckley release

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The foundation honouring President Ronald Reagan's legacy says it "strongly opposes" the release of John Hinckley Jr from the psychiatric hospital where he's been confined for more than 35 years.

Hinckley shot Reagan and three others, including presidential press secretary James Brady, in 1981. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. A judge ruled yesterday that Hinckley is no longer a danger and can live full-time with his mother in Virginia.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute issued a statement yesterday that read, in part, "Contrary to the judge's decision, we believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others and we strongly oppose his release."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump also called it a "mistake" to release Hinckley, whom he misidentified as "David Hinckley".

Hinckley, who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, will continue to live under a number of restrictions when he leaves a Washington mental hospital next month.


Judge Paul Friedman ruled Hinckley will have to attend individual and group therapy sessions and is barred from talking to the media. He can drive, but there are restrictions on how far he can travel. The Secret Service also periodically follows him.

Hinckley will be required to return to Washington once a month for doctors to check on his mental state and his compliance with the conditions of his leave. He'll also be barred from trying to contact surviving victims and their families, along with actress Jodie Foster, whom he was trying to impress when he shot the president.