2 Psychiatrists Back Hinckley on Visits

From Times Wire Reports

John Hinckley Jr.'s bid for unsupervised visits with his parents got a boost as two psychiatrists testifying for the government said the request from the man who shot President Reagan in 1981 should be approved but only under more restrictions.

Psychiatrists Robert Phillips and Raymond Patterson were the only witnesses called by the government as it concluded its presentation in the hearing to decide whether an unescorted Hinckley could leave St. Elizabeths Hospital to visit with his parents.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman said that before he ruled, he wanted to hear from officials of the hospital that has been Hinckley’s home since a jury acquitted him by reason of insanity.