Lawyer says John Hinckley wants to work in music industry

Lawyer says John Hinckley wants to work in music industry
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A lawyer for John Hinckley, the man who tried to assassinate then-President Reagan in 1981, said Tuesday at a hearing in Washington, D.C., that his client is interested in moving to California to work in the music industry, The Associated Press reported.

A prosecutor responded that allowing Hinckley, who currently lives in Virginia, to move to California for a job would give the government "great pause."

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Hinckley, 64, spent decades in a psychiatric hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting that injured Reagan and three others when Hinckley was 25.

Since 2016, he has been living with his mother, who is in her 90s, under a set of strict conditions imposed by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman.

“Some conditions that are now in place don’t need to be in place,” Friedman said Tuesday without specifying which ones.

The current conditions include living within a 75-mile radius of Williamsburg, attending therapy sessions, volunteering or working at least three days a week, and not speaking with media, according to the AP.

Hinckley attends music therapy once a week, and Barry Levine, his attorney, says that "he's got some talent," but the parameters imposed on his release do not allow him to perform publicly.

Prosecutor Kacie Weston didn’t provide details on why the government would be concerned about a move to California for a music industry job, according to the AP.

"It’s been a long time since 1981," Friedman said.