It’s an upside down world when you can attempt murder, on a sitting president no less, and someday walk free.
That’s what’s happing as a United States District judge, declared Hinckley a non threat, and set him free.
Hinckley is set to begin his “convalescent leave” on Aug. 5, according to U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman’s order.
“I’m very glad this happened after Mrs. Reagan passed on,” said Reagan’s 1984 campaign manager Ed Rollins, referencing the death of Nancy Reagan in March. “It would have been a very disturbing thing for her.”
The home of John Hinckley’s mother, where the would-be assassin is set to stay. (AP)
Friedman wrote that “all of the experts and treatment providers” who testified during the hearing agreed that Hinckley’s issues — major depression and psychotic disorder — were “in full and sustained remission and have been for more than twenty years.”
“Mr. Hinckley is clinically ready for full-time convalescent leave,” Friedman wrote.
A you may guess, Reagan’s spokespeople are not impressed.
“Contrary to the judge’s decision, we believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others and we strongly oppose his release,” the statement said.
Hinckley, 61, attempted to kill Reagan outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981. He fired six shots, hitting four people, including Reagan, who was wounded when a bullet bounced off his presidential limo. Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the right side of his head, sustaining serious injuries. When he died in August 2014, Brady’s death was ruled a homicide.