Judge rejects GPS monitor for Reagan shooter
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.
That’s what a judge overseeing John Hinckley Jr.’s case said Friday, brushing aside that request from the government. Hinckley’s lawyers are asking the judge to let him live full-time at his mother’s home in Virginia, saying the mental illness that drove him to shoot Reagan has long been in remission and he is ready to fully transition to life outside a Washington mental 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 and a GPS tracking device on his car, among almost three dozen conditions. Hinckley’s lawyers have requested fewer restrictions.