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December 19, 2003
A TERRIBLE THING happened on March 30, 1981, outside a Washington hotel. A young man walked up to President Ronald Reagan and shot him and three others. The assailant was mentally ill. He had a delusion that his actions might impress a famous actress. A jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman has ruled that John W. Hinckley Jr. is now well enough to be allowed to make six day-trips to see his parents without being accompanied by medical personnel.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2010
A Glen Arm woman accused of shooting her estranged husband to death is mentally ill, her attorney told a jury this morning, going so far as to compare Mary C. Koontz, 60, to John Hinckley Jr. — the man who shot former President Ronald Reagan — during opening arguments. Koontz, whose trial began today, faces seven charges, including first-degree murder and first-degree assault. The prosecution intends to seek a sentence of life in prison without parole. Ronald G. Koontz, a former teacher and wrestling coach at Towson High School who later became an administrator in the Baltimore County school system, was killed June 19, 2009, three days before father's day. Prosecutor Robin S. Coffin told the jury that Mary Koontz flew from Florida where she was living, woke up before 6 a.m. in the Towson hotel where she was staying, took the gun and ammunition she had earlier purchased and went to Glen Arm. There, Koontz parked at an adjoining property and snuck through the woods.
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By Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg | April 18, 2000
THE NEWS on John Hinckley Jr. is troubling. Officials at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington have recommended that Mr. Hinckley be released for unsupervised visits with his parents. The last such recommendation was turned down in 1997. Mr. Hinckley has been held for 19 years following a jury's finding of not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan and others. Mr. Hinckley's efforts at conditional release are only the latest in a strange history of his attempts to gain freedom.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly | November 25, 2009
The Orioles have signed left-handed reliever Mike Hinckley to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Hinckley, 27, pitched in 14 games for the Washington Nationals last season, posting a 4.66 ERA despite walking 11 batters in 9 2/3 innings. He made 14 appearances for the Nationals in 2008 and didn't allow a run. Overall, lefties have hit .161 against Hinckley in his 28 big league outings. Hinckley signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers in May after he was designated for assignment by the Nationals.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2010
A Glen Arm woman accused of shooting her estranged husband to death is mentally ill, her attorney told a jury this morning, going so far as to compare Mary C. Koontz, 60, to John Hinckley Jr. — the man who shot former President Ronald Reagan — during opening arguments. Koontz, whose trial began today, faces seven charges, including first-degree murder and first-degree assault. The prosecution intends to seek a sentence of life in prison without parole. Ronald G. Koontz, a former teacher and wrestling coach at Towson High School who later became an administrator in the Baltimore County school system, was killed June 19, 2009, three days before father's day. Prosecutor Robin S. Coffin told the jury that Mary Koontz flew from Florida where she was living, woke up before 6 a.m. in the Towson hotel where she was staying, took the gun and ammunition she had earlier purchased and went to Glen Arm. There, Koontz parked at an adjoining property and snuck through the woods.
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By Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg and Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 22, 2003
U.S. DISTRICT Judge Paul L. Friedman has ruled that would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley will have a hearing this fall on his request to secure unsupervised leaves from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, where he has resided since his acquittal by reason of insanity more than 22 years ago. This is the latest of a number of such attempts since the 1980s to gain more freedom by Mr. Hinckley. His attorneys argue that his mental health has improved over the years he has been incarcerated there and that such leaves would constitute a "critical component" of his treatment.
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By THE DAILY PRESS | October 24, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge signaled his desire yesterday to re-examine conditions for presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr.'s visits to his parents' home near Williamsburg, Va., noting the advancing age of the elderly couple. The man who shot President Reagan and three others in 1981 - and was found not guilty by reason of insanity - has completed at least seven visits to his parents' home in Virginia, lawyers confirmed in court yesterday. While those visits were considered successful, Hinckley's father no longer serves as custodian of his son because of the elder Hinckley's fragile health, prosecutors said.
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By Faye Fiore and Shweta Govindarajan and Faye Fiore and Shweta Govindarajan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 18, 2003
WASHINGTON - A federal judge heard testimony yesterday asking that John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Reagan, be permitted to leave the psychiatric hospital where he has been held for 21 years for unsupervised visits with his parents. "The unanimous opinion of the experts is that he's not dangerous," attorney Barry Levine told U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman, arguing that 48-year-old Hinckley's mental illness is largely in remission. The move is the latest in a series of requests for conditional release filed by Hinckley since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity of shooting Reagan and three others in front of the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.
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By ROGER SIMON | February 26, 1995
John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan and three other men in 1981, is now going to write books in order to pay up to $2.9 million to his victims.Excuse me?Did I miss something or isn't John Hinckley supposed to be nuts?Isn't that why he was found not guilty of the shootings? Isn't that why he never went to prison? Isn't that why he is in a mental hospital today?But now somebody is going to publish his work? And pay him millions of dollars to do it?Don't blame greedy publishers, however. The people promoting this deal are three of Hinckley's victims.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 27, 2003
WASHINGTON - After four days of testimony, a federal hearing to determine whether John W. Hinckley Jr.'s mental condition has improved enough to permit him unsupervised visits with his parents concluded yesterday without a ruling. Witnesses included several mental health experts and Hinckley's mother. Hinckley, 48, has been confined to a mental hospital in Washington since his acquittal, by reason of insanity, for the shooting of President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a hotel in 1981 and has argued for years that he should be permitted greater freedom.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,kevin.cowherd@baltsun.com | October 13, 2008
This is how bad the economy's going: Even the sweater-tied-around-the-neck crowd is hurting. I found this out when I took in the big United States Sailboat Show this past weekend at Annapolis' City Dock. On the surface, everything looked fine. The weather was perfect. The place was packed. Some 400 shiny boats were on display. Over 500 exhibitors enthusiastically hawked their wares - one guy was so good I almost bought boat insurance off him, and I don't even own a boat. But everywhere you went, there was worried chatter on the same topic: the Dow dropping like a car pushed off a cliff.
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By SLOANE BROWN | February 3, 2008
AN EAGER CROWD HAD GATHERED IN the Baltimore Convention Center's Charles Street lobby to watch a ribbon cutting. It wasn't the ribbon cutting itself that excited this group. It was what came right after -- the Preview Night Party for the Baltimore Boat Show. That meant having first crack at the 700 boats on display inside the center. It also meant that perusing all the vessels and their accoutrements came with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and even Chesapeake cruising tunes provided by Them Eastport Oyster Boys.
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By THE DAILY PRESS | October 24, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge signaled his desire yesterday to re-examine conditions for presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr.'s visits to his parents' home near Williamsburg, Va., noting the advancing age of the elderly couple. The man who shot President Reagan and three others in 1981 - and was found not guilty by reason of insanity - has completed at least seven visits to his parents' home in Virginia, lawyers confirmed in court yesterday. While those visits were considered successful, Hinckley's father no longer serves as custodian of his son because of the elder Hinckley's fragile health, prosecutors said.
NEWS
July 31, 2006
Vincent J. Fuller, 75, the star Washington attorney who defended would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley, died of lung cancer Wednesday at a hospice in Montgomery County. During his career, Mr. Fuller defended a number of notables, including boxer Mike Tyson and Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa. But he was best known for his successful insanity defense of Hinckley, who shot President Reagan, press secretary James Brady and two law enforcers outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981.
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By Erika Hobbs and Erika Hobbs,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 3, 2004
A Havre de Grace Elementary School teacher has won a prestigious award for state math educators, making her the third Harford County teacher to do so in as many years. Virginia Hinckley, 52, a 31-year veteran of the Harford school system, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, a professional organization for arithmetic educators. She was one of 10 teachers of the year chosen from a statewide pool of applicants. "It's really about the prestige of sort of being endorsed by other teachers," said Gail Kaplan, the council's awards chairwoman.
NEWS
April 11, 2004
H. Sherwood Lawrence, 87, a highly respected immunologist who conducted early research on the rejection of transplanted organs, died Monday in New York City. For more than 50 years, Dr. Lawrence was on staff at New York University's medical school. He served as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, taking part in the invasions at Normandy and Okinawa. From 1964 to 2000, he was co-director of medical services at Bellevue and New York University hospitals, and he directed NYU's AIDS research center from 1989 to 1994.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 25, 1996
John W. Hinckley Jr.'s request is "very modest," his lawyer says.Fifteen years after he shot President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel, Hinckley wants monthly 12-hour leaves, always in his parents' custody, from the mental hospital where he's been confined since 1982.Hinckley, found not guilty by reason of insanity, "has recovered his sanity," his lawyer, Barry Levine, says in court papers. "His earlier diagnosed psychosis has abated and is in full remission."But government lawyers object.
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By James Gerstenzang and Faye Fiore and James Gerstenzang and Faye Fiore,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 18, 2003
WASHINGTON - John W. Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan, won a federal judge's permission yesterday to make unsupervised visits with his parents beyond the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital, where he has lived for the past two decades. Lawyers for the 48-year-old would-be assassin argued that he had made sufficient strides in more than 20 years of psychiatric treatment that it was safe to allow him to spend time with his parents away from the supervision and scrutiny of the hospital staff.
NEWS
December 19, 2003
A TERRIBLE THING happened on March 30, 1981, outside a Washington hotel. A young man walked up to President Ronald Reagan and shot him and three others. The assailant was mentally ill. He had a delusion that his actions might impress a famous actress. A jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman has ruled that John W. Hinckley Jr. is now well enough to be allowed to make six day-trips to see his parents without being accompanied by medical personnel.
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