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John Hinckley Jr. visit request opposed by government

Government lawyers are opposing a request by would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. for more unsupervised visits to his mother’s Virginia home.

Hinckley tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago and has since been committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington.

His lawyers and doctors had asked a federal judge last month to grant him more visits to his mother’s home. But in a court filing Monday, lawyers for the government said Hinckley offered no basis to grant him an unspecified number of new visits beyond the 12 he was granted in 2009 and has now used up.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity after shooting Reagan in 1981 as he left a Washington hotel.


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