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Judge denies Hinckley request
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THE WASHINGTON TIMES Would-be presidential assassin John W. Hinckley Jr. will have to wait to get his D.C. driver’s license and take trips as long as one month to his parents’ house, under a recent federal ruling.
“The reason the court has reached this decision rest with the hospital, not with Mr. Hinckley,” the judge wrote. “The 13 visits by Mr. Hinckley to his parents’ community have been ntherapeutic and uneventful. Mr. Hinckley, his parents and his siblings have done all that has been asked of them. … Unfortunately, the hospital has not taken the steps it must make before any such transition can begin.”
Hospital officials had proposed that Hinckley enter phase four of a five-step treatment plan, with the last step being his release into the community.
Hinckley also would have received permission to get a D.C. driver’s license and take driver-education courses.
But two doctors expressed concern about Hinckley’s relationship with a woman suffering from bipolar disorder. Identified as “Ms. M” in court documents, she and Hinckley have “an evolving relationship” best explored by the hospital staff, doctors said.
One doctor said Hinckley “has shown serious errors in judgment and perception with respect to the relationship,” the judge wrote.
“Mr. Hinckley needs structure, and the plan does not provide it,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Zeno argued.
Hinckley’s brother, Scott, testified that he hoped his brother could find a job or volunteer work.
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