Judge sets terms for would-be Reagan assassin's hospital outings

Thursday 27 February 2014 21.11
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John Hinckley, pictured outside the White House, was found not guilty by reason of insanity
John Hinckley, pictured outside the White House, was found not guilty by reason of insanity
Ronald Reagan seen waving to the crowd just before the assassination attempt on him
Ronald Reagan seen waving to the crowd just before the assassination attempt on him
This photo shows reaction during the assassination attempt on then US president Ronald Reagan
This photo shows reaction during the assassination attempt on then US president Ronald Reagan

John Hinckley will be required to stay away from government centres during the 17 days per month he will be allowed to spend outside the mental hospital where has lived since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981, a US federal judge has ruled.

US District Judge Paul Friedman in December accepted are commendation from Washington's St Elizabeths Hospital that Hinckley be allowed to leave for 17 days a month, up from 10days a month, to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.       

Judge Friedman issued a 29-point order yesterday that set terms on details that included Hinckley's internet use, travel, volunteer work, walks within his mother's subdivision, therapy and medication.

While on unaccompanied outings, Hinckley, 57, is to avoid government centres in Richmond, Virginia, or areas where the president or members of Congress may be visiting.

Hinckley also must carry a GPS-enabled cell phone during unsupervised activities. He and his mother have to call the hospital at least once a day during each visit.
              
Hinckley shot President Reagan in an attempt to impress Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, with whom he was obsessed.

The president was shot in the chest and spent 12 days in hospital recovering.

White House Press Secretary James Brady was seriously injured in the shooting and left paralysed.

A jury found Hinckley not guilty of attempted assassination by reason of insanity.     

He was diagnosed with major depression and psychotic and narcissistic personality disorders.         

As part of his therapy and reintegration into society, Hinckley has been allowed since 2006 to visit Williamsburg, about 240km south of Washington.