Ronald Reagan shooter's freedom on hold
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A United States federal judge refused to rule on Wednesday on whether the man who opened fire at president Ronald Reagan should be freed, ordering a psychiatric hospital to submit a new plan.
US District Judge Paul Friedman on Wednesday gave the hospital until Oct 19 to disclose its plan for John Hinckley, who has been held there for 30 years.
Mr Friedman held a lengthy set of hearings on the plan that ended in February.
The judge has been reviewing Hinckley's case to decide whether to expand the conditional release rights of the 57-year-old man, who was declared insane during a 1982 proceeding. He lives at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. Hinckley wounded Reagan in 1981, shooting him in the chest to impress actress Jodie Foster, with whom he was obsessed.