Judge Rejects GPS Monitor for Reagan Shooter - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Judge Rejects GPS Monitor for Reagan Shooter

Posted:
WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who shot President Ronald Reagan won't have to wear an ankle monitor if allowed to leave a mental hospital for good, a judge indicated Friday, brushing aside that request from the government.

Lawyers for John Hinckley Jr. are asking U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman to let their client live full-time at his mother's home in Virginia, saying the mental illness that drove him to shoot Reagan has been in remission for decades and he is ready to transition to life outside the hospital. But prosecutors and Hinckley's lawyers have disagreed about the conditions he should have to live under. Prosecutors were arguing for an ankle monitor as well as a GPS tracking device on his car, among almost three dozen conditions. Hinckley's lawyers have requested fewer restrictions.

Friday wasn't the first time the judge has rejected an ankle bracelet in the case. Hinckley is currently allowed to spend 17 days a month in Williamsburg, where his mother lives in a gated community, and prosecutors had previously asked that he wear a monitor for those visits. But the judge rejected that request in 2013, saying Hinckley had not done anything while on previous visits to "justify the intrusiveness and stigma of being forced to wear an ankle bracelet."

Even without an ankle monitor there are other ways to track Hinckley, who will turn 60 next month. In 2009, the judge said Hinckley would have to carry a GPS-enabled cellphone when he is unaccompanied in public. The judge was later told, however, that no one had looked at the data. On Friday, prosecutors said the Secret Service was still not looking at the data because they didn't have the right permission from the court. That frustrated the judge, who said he wasn't told anything different was needed; he then said he would not be ordering Hinckley to wear an ankle bracelet.

Hinckley's longtime lawyer, Barry Levine, said the government can still know where his client is any time it wants. In 2013, Secret Service agents conducted surveillance on him in 119 instances, nearly every time he was in Williamsburg, his lawyers said. In 2014, they conducted surveillance in 89 instances. Those numbers could include multiple instances in one day, his lawyers said.

Friday's hearing, the third day of testimony, also provided glimpses into Hinckley's life in Williamsburg. His psychiatrist, Dr. Deborah Giorgi-Guarnieri, testified that he wants to start a band. She said Hinckley, who plays guitar and sings, shouldn't be allowed to perform in public but should be allowed to publish his music anonymously.

Hinckley's case manager, Jonathan Weiss, whose job is to help him integrate into the Williamsburg community, said he had enquired about jobs at Subway and Starbucks, among other places, but that it was difficult to find a paying job because he is only currently in Williamsburg for 17-day stretches.

Weiss also said Hinckley had talked to him about the death last August of James Brady, president Reagan's press secretary, one of three people injured in addition to Reagan in the 1981 shooting. Hinckley said he felt badly about the pain he had caused Brady and his family, Weiss said, and wished he could take back his actions.

The hearing resumes Monday and is expected to last several more days.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Police Seek 4 Who Robbed Armored Truck Driver in Salisbury

    4 Sought in Armored Truck Robbery in Salisbury

    Jan 22, 2018 8:19 AM2018-01-22 13:19:00 GMT
    Monday, January 22 2018 3:55 PM EST2018-01-22 20:55:57 GMT
    Video surveillance photo of one of the suspects wanted for holding up an armored truck driver filling up an ATM at the SECU on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury. (Photo credit: Salisbury Police Department)Video surveillance photo of one of the suspects wanted for holding up an armored truck driver filling up an ATM at the SECU on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury. (Photo credit: Salisbury Police Department)
    Salisbury police have released a video surveillance photo of one of the four suspects wanted in connection with the Monday morning armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside the State Employees Credit Union in Salisbury, Maryland.More
    Salisbury police have released a video surveillance photo of one of the four suspects wanted in connection with the Monday morning armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside the State Employees Credit Union in Salisbury, Maryland.More
  • Women's March in Ocean City

    Women's March in Ocean City

    Jan 21, 2018 5:16 PM2018-01-21 22:16:00 GMT
    Sunday, January 21 2018 5:16 PM EST2018-01-21 22:16:28 GMT
    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City as part of the 2018 Women's March.More
    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City as part of the 2018 Women's March. More
  • Man Robbed of Cellphone in Dover Downs Parking Lot

    Man Robbed of Cellphone in Dover Downs Parking Lot

    Jan 22, 2018 10:08 AM2018-01-22 15:08:00 GMT
    Monday, January 22 2018 10:08 AM EST2018-01-22 15:08:37 GMT
    Dover Downs Casino in Dover (Photo: WBOC)Dover Downs Casino in Dover (Photo: WBOC)
    Dover police are looking for three suspects wanted for robbing a man of his cellphone at gunpoint in the parking lot of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.More
    Dover police are looking for three suspects wanted for robbing a man of his cellphone at gunpoint in the parking lot of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • 4 Sought in Armored Truck Robbery in Salisbury

    4 Sought in Armored Truck Robbery in Salisbury

    Police are looking for four suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside the State Employees Credit Union in the 1100 block of Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, Maryland.

    Salisbury police said the incident happened at around 7:15 a.m. Monday, and involved four armed black male suspects wearing dark clothing and masks. Following the robbery the suspects ran northbound across U.S. 50. There were no reported injuries.

    More

    Police are looking for four suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of an armored truck driver outside the State Employees Credit Union in the 1100 block of Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, Maryland.

    Salisbury police said the incident happened at around 7:15 a.m. Monday, and involved four armed black male suspects wearing dark clothing and masks. Following the robbery the suspects ran northbound across U.S. 50. There were no reported injuries.

    More
  • Women's March in Ocean City

    Women's March in Ocean City

    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City Sunday afternoon as part of the 2018 Women's March. The march was hosted by the Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County. As WBOC's Caroline Coles reports, the theme of the march was the encouragement of women to vote and run for office on the Eastern Shore.

    More

    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City Sunday afternoon as part of the 2018 Women's March. The march was hosted by the Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County. As WBOC's Caroline Coles reports, the theme of the march was the encouragement of women to vote and run for office on the Eastern Shore.

    More
  • Update: Two Dead After Trooper Involved Shooting in Salisbury

    Update: Two Dead After Trooper Involved Shooting in Salisbury

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices