Court hearings are set to begin today to determine whether John Hinckley Jr., acquitted by reason of insanity in President Reagan's shooting 30 years ago, will get more unsupervised visits with his mother -- and eventually his freedom.
Hinckley, now 56, was found not guilty by reason of insanity for attempting to assassinate President Reagan in 1981. Hinckley has lived in a mental hospital in Washington, D.C., ever since.
Doctors who've worked with Hinckley say he's ready for greater release privileges. He's no longer taking antipsychotic medication and his delusions are in remission, NPR reports. But government lawyers fear Hinckley is still dangerous.