Hinckley Walks: Reagan’s Would-Be Assassin Soon to Be Completely Free

The man who shot and nearly killed President Ronald Reagan in 1981 — also gravely wounding Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, and downing Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and Metro Police Officer Thomas Delahanty — has been declared safe for unsupervised release starting in summer 2022. In 1982, John Hinckley, Jr., was found ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’, and his lawyer says his treatment succeeded. He has recovered from his mental illness. Should a would-be presidential assassin ever walk free? Can such a mental illness actually be ‘cured’?

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