John Hinckley Reagan Assassination Brady Murder Insane Release
courtesy usatoday.com and AP

Two years ago, John Hinckley, the Jodie Foster-infatuated gunman who shot President Ronald Reagan, Press Secretary James Brady a Secret Service agent and a D.C. policeman, was released from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. He’d been in treatment there since being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting. Since he got out, he’s technically been on “convalescent leave” and has continued to receive treatment and monitoring (though that regimen seems less than rigorous).

James Brady was critically injured in the shooting that day and was permanently disabled. When he died in 2014, the cause of death was ruled a homicide, a result of the bullet Hinckley put in his brain. Yet federal prosecutors refused to charge Hinckley with Brady’s murder.

Prosecutors pointed out that any jury in a murder trial would be directed to consider that he was already found to be legally insane at the time of the incident and “the government would be precluded now from arguing that Hinckley was sane at the time he shot Mr. Brady.”

Now, Hinckley’s asked for an unconditional release.

The court records reviewed by News4 show Hinckley made a motion for “unconditional release” from his commitment in an April 30 hearing before a D.C. judge. The filing from prosecutors said Hinckley cited a code in D.C. law allowing people to seek release or changes in the conditions of their custody. …

In their filings to the judge in Hinckley’s case, federal prosecutors acknowledge they hired an examiner to review Hinckley’s “present mental condition and whether or not he would pose a danger to himself or others if released under the conditions proposed by officials with the Department of Behavioral Health.”

Insane at the time of the shooting or not, Hinckley killed one man and wounded three more. He very nearly assassinated the President of the United States. The fact that he’s walking free these days is grating enough. It doesn’t seem too much to ask that, at the very least, he be required to continue treatment and monitoring for the rest of his life.

 

 

53 COMMENTS

  1. Let him go. Hinckley is 63, Reagan is dead, Brady is dead and Jody Foster is gay. I don’t think we have anything to fear from John anymore, and housing him is a bit too expensive.

    • I don’t think anyone who knows me would say I was soft on criminals but I have to agree.

      If you don’t think he was crazy when he did it we might as well not have an insanity defense.

      If he’s not crazy or a danger now, let him go.

    • Maybe he has the idea to ‘convert’ Foster. If I was her I would have an attorney speaking up to keep him under lock and key.

    • You do realize the plan is to let him go, so he can try to assassinate Trump right? I garuntee you that’s what’s going to happen.

    • I would only like to mention in passing how often we see stories of shooters, mass murderers and otherwise violent miscreants here who were in fact STILL under the “care” of the so-called “mental health professionals.” How many of the recent school and other mass killers had diagnosed, supposedly treated, mental issues at the time of their crimes?

      And here again we have a man who is/was certifiably insane and we are supposed to trust these psychs that he is somehow safe to be let back on the streets?

      Here’s an idea: Get a recognized and licensed psychiatrist to sign off on the release on the proviso that if Hinckley kills again the psychiatrist must share his sentence and jail cell.

      • Right. I Have zero confidence in some egg head who got into that particular field because they have severe issues to workout themselves. Not to mention nearly all have a political agenda.

    • Well, that’s a big relief that ” you ” don’t think he’s a threat anymore. Even the mental health so called experts get it wrong. Of course, maybe you’re more knowledgeable than they are and can guarantee he won’t commit
      another horrendous crime. What’s that ? You can’t guarantee it ? Imagine that…. How about this, I can guarantee he won’t commit another crime.. Solution ? Keep him behind bars, not out on the streets.

  2. The evil POS (D) want to get away with shooting up everyone who is

    AGAINST

    THEIR

    VILE

    satanic

    communist

    BULLSHIT.

    F THEM AND HINKLEY.

    HE CAN BE RELEASED INTO THE HIGH WALLED PRISON THAT WE PUT THE REST OF THEM INTO.

  3. Are we doing minimalist poetry now? Cool.

    Alone on TTAG

    Post about Hinckley

    Comment, Question

    Somewhere a clock ticks

    Freely by away.

  4. Bullshit on release. His genetic makeup is flawed but he appears to be cognizant enough to file court paperwork. The fact that Brady died is murder whether they officially charged him or not. If he is clever enough to file paperwork no then he should have his sanity reevaluated and put on trial for murder and attempted assination of a President, which I believe carries a death penalty?
    Fuck him, these creeps never change and the fact that Jodi is gay probably only turns him on more.

  5. Hell no, the murdered victim can never come back – why should this AH be free to roam for even a day? Criminal has more importance/value than the victim?

  6. They are betting in a game of poker risking my blood. I bet the judges and the courtroom psychiatrists would be a bit more circumspect if they had their skin in the game regarding their professional pronouncements. For example, what if the law stated that, if he suddenly goes “insane” again, there will be an eye for an eye shared between him and the judges and the psychiatrists that let him free??

  7. Ron White said it best: In Texas, if you kill someone, we will kill you back! Psychiatry is not an exact science. Not even close. I wouldn’t let him out. And I’m with BD. If he does something again everyone involved in his release should pay. Have a blessed day!

    • Every dog I’ve ever owned was more predictable than most of the people I’ve known. He may be less of a danger to himself or anyone else than most people who’ve never been psychologically evaluated.

      But, would you give him a pistol license?

  8. Well I’ve never truly believed in permanent punishment outside of the most extreme circumstances. And while I don’t believe this should necessarily be unconditional release I don’t have a problem with him being given a loose parole.

    All that said, I can already guarantee we’ll be some leftist a-holes on social media making cracks about assassinating President Trump. You might even see the Steven Coberts of the world making that joke.

  9. Fuck this new age hippie Shit. He’s a murderer and would be assassin. He will try to kill again. Hang his ass as the founding fathers would have.

    • Man, they were reaching in their coats for those micro Uzis they had then, from what I recall of the video…

  10. Seems like a BS insanity defense to me. On of a few from that era, mostly wealthy people. But oh well, it worked. If he’s not insane or guilty what are you going to do.

    I don’t blame him for the AWB. Gun grabbers will always find an excuse, a casus belli. If it might save just one life, right?

  11. I doubt people would have been as eager to release the assassin of MLK or RFK had they been adjudicated insane at the time of their crimes. He should remain incarcerated. Period.

  12. And people wonder why we have a mental illness problem in the public space. Why we have so many people peeing and taking a crap in public. It doesn’t surprise me that so many people above are willing to allow a mentally ill murderer to walk free Among Us.

    Libertarians and liberals and the Left say the mentally ill need treatment. And then be let free to perhaps murder and rape again????

  13. This murderer should Never Ever walk Free. No one knew he was insane when he attempted to murder our President and shot four people that day. How would we ever know that he would not become insane and do it again. Can crazy people be cured?…or, are they just crazy enough to dupe the system. Bad idea…Very, Very bad idea.

  14. So he’s now sane? So, now try him for murder and attempted murder. He may relapse, so the least that needs to be done is to keep up treatments and monitor him at all times. People kill or attempt to kill at all ages, so age should not be used as a reason to let him go.

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