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How John Hinckley, Reagan's would-be assassin, could go free

How John Hinckley, Reagan's would-be assassin, could go free

John Hinckley Jr. is on the verge of pulling off a feat no other American has: shooting a U.S. president and going home a free man. Hinckley, who tried to assassinate President Reagan in a bizarre attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster, is close to winning full, if conditional, release from a mental hospital. His successful insanity defense 34 years ago set the stage — and sparked a nationwide movement to rein in the legal strategy. His road to likely freedom — something scarcely imaginable in the months after the March 30, 1981, assassination attempt — was a bumpy one, beginning with erratic behavior during his early confinement at St. Elizabeths Hospital in...

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