If you spotted the name of John Hinckley trending this morning, here’s why:
BREAKING: Judge: Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. can live full-time outside mental hospital.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 27, 2016
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 27, 2016
Hinckley will be free very soon:
The release could happen as early as next week, the judge ruled. Under the terms of his order, Hinckley is not allowed to contact his victims, their relatives or actress Jodie Foster, with whom he was obsessed. Hinckley also will not be permitted to “knowingly travel” to areas where the current president or members of Congress are present. The judge said Hinckley could be allowed to live on his own or in a group home after one year.
“Mr. Hinckley shall abide by all laws, shall not consume alcohol, illegal drugs… shall not possess any firearm, weapon, or ammunition and shall not be arrested for cause,” Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman ordered.
In March of 1981, Hinckley shot then-President Ronald Reagan and wounded his Press Secretary James Brady and two others.