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Reagan Shooter Granted More Time to Leave Mental Hospital, Visit Mother in Va.

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John Hinckley Jr. (L) is escorted by police in Washington, D.C., following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then US president Ronald Reagan. A federal judge ruled 17 December 2003 Hinckley can make local visits with his family from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in D.C., where he has been held. (credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

John Hinckley Jr. (L) is escorted by police in Washington, D.C., following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then US president Ronald Reagan. A federal judge ruled 17 December 2003 Hinckley can make local visits with his family from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in D.C., where he has been held. (credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — A judge has ruled that the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will get to spend more time outside a mental hospital where he has been confined for most of the past three decades.

John Hinckley will be allowed to visit his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va., for up to 17 days at a time. Hinckley has been allowed to spend increasing amounts of time at his mother’s house in recent years, but previous visits were capped at 10 days.

In court hearings before the judge’s ruling, Hinckley’s lawyer had asked for Hinckley’s visits to be expanded to 17 and 24 days, arguing that there is no evidence Hinckley is a danger. Attorneys for the U.S. government, however, argued that granting expanded privileges was “premature and ill conceived.”

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