January 30th, 2012
03:33 AM ET

Hinckley visitation hearing continues

Hearings will continue Monday to determine whether former presidential assailant John Hinckley Jr. should be allowed increased periods of visitation to his mother's home in Virginia and possible eventual release as a permanent outpatient.

Attorneys for Hinckley will get to question Dr. Raymond Patterson, whom federal prosecutors called as an expert witness in their effort to block the proposal from St. Elizabeths, the Washington mental hospital where Hinckley has undergone treatment for three decades.

Patterson testified in a federal court hearing last week that he was concerned to learn that Hinckley sometimes did not follow the hospital-approved itinerary for how he would spend his few hours of unattended time while in Williamsburg, Virginia. In several instances, Hinckley was supposed to go to movies, skipped them and then later told doctors back at his mental hospital in Washington that he had attended the movies.

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  1. Jazzy

    I bet it was a Doc u mentary on the Assassination attempt of Ronnie.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    gm Jazzy, whatever happened to the imternet comic do you know? She rocked!

    January 30, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    So.....
    Hinckley lied about what he was actually doing when he was supposed to be at the movies, lied about his fixation with JF, lies about virtually everything that he is asked about, and calls it nitpicking when he is caught in his lies?
    He is not following the hospital-approved itinerary when he does have a few hours of unattended time to himself?
    And there's hearings to determine if he should get *more* time, and possibly be released?
    Simple answer?
    NO!

    January 30, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    @chrissie very much agreed

    January 30, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tcr c2

    So we can attempt to murder our own leaders do 30yrs and expect to go free on the streets? Will im going to look into buying property in a club fed somewhere so when these people get released we all can be protected from these animals! Does it ever make since to convict such sick individuals? Lets start convicting these people and then perform frontal labotomys on them

    January 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    CNN – Why do you waste my time like this?

    January 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the Internet Comic

    Hey, maybe if Hinckley wants to get out for good, he should contact the Democrats to work as a hired full time "consultant". He'd fit right in. BDUMP BUMP.

    Hey, thank you, thank you. I'm back this week, Try the pepper steak.

    January 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    BOO. You CHOKED, Internet Comic. That one didn't even make sense.

    January 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    This was pronbably the first "where were you when it happened" moments in my life. I was 17 at the time. I was home from school, I think because of Easter break. There was a really boring movie on TV, nothing else to do, really boring – and then the breaking news. Suddenly, it was an exciting day. Remember when they announced he was dead, then corrected it about 30 seconds later?

    January 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      I remember that!
      News reporting at its finest...lol.
      Although, to give credit where credit is due, there was massive amounts of confusion going on...
      He needs to stay where he's at, and indeed, given his propensity for not telling the truth, limit his freedom , not add to it.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |