July 27, 2016 1:35 pm -


The man who shot President Ronald Reagan is being released – but with many restrictions:

CBS News’ Paula Reid reports St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has a constitutional obligation to transition patients to outpatient care when they are ready. This case is not about the merits of whether an individual should be able to shoot four people, including a sitting U.S. President, and then be able to spend the last third of his life a free man. The hospital believes he is ready for this next step to independent living and is required by law to advocate for his release.

Doctors responsible for treating Hinckley urged last year to grant him a form of permanent leave from the psychiatric facility.

The last hearing in this case was more than a year ago and the government pushed for strict conditions for his release as he goes to live with his 90 year-old mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. The court has ordered him not to speak to the media -a consistent condition of his release even on short-term trips to visit his mom.

He’s already been spending 17 days per month at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia, since federal judge Paul Friedman granted him partial leave from the hospital in 2013.



D.B. Hirsch
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