Hinckley, Who Shot Reagan, Says Thanks After Winning Freedom

John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is saying thank you to the people who helped him win freedom from court oversight.

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FILE - U.S. Marshals escort John Hinckley Jr. as he returns to a marine base via helicopter in Quantico, Va., Aug. 8, 1981. Hinckley, who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was freed from court oversight Wednesday, June 15, 2022, officially concluding decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is saying thank you to the people who helped him win freedom from court oversight. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman had freed Hinckley in September from all remaining restrictions but said his order wouldn’t take effect until this month. On Wednesday, the judge held a final hearing in Hinckley’s case and said his release from conditions would occur as planned…

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