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John Hinckley Jr. Wants to Move to CA, Work in Music Biz

So says his lawyer at Washington court hearing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2019 6:22 PM CDT
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In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday. John Hinckley Jr., 64, lives in Virginia and was not present at the hearing. A prosecutor said allowing Hinckley to relocate to California for a music industry job would give the government "great pause," the AP reports. Hinckley spent decades living at a psychiatric hospital in Washington after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 DC shooting that injured Reagan and three others, which Hinckley carried out in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. But health professionals have said that the mental illness that the 25-year-old Hinckley was suffering from when he shot Reagan has been in full and stable remission for decades.

US District Judge Paul L. Friedman has said he is no longer a danger to himself or others and has gradually allowed him more freedom. Since 2016, Hinckley has lived at his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia, under a set of 30 conditions Friedman imposed. On Tuesday, Friedman said he believes some conditions can be loosened, and Hinckley's lawyer said he would file a motion seeking reduced conditions. According to court records, Hinckley anonymously sells books online as well as items at an antique mall. Music has long been an interest for Hinckley, who plays guitar, writes music, and sings. He participates in music therapy once a month. Under the conditions Friedman has imposed, however, he can't perform publicly. "He's got some talent," Levine said after the hearing, though he declined to elaborate on the kind of music industry job Hinckley might want.

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