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A judge is considering whether to allow President Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin to live full time outside a mental hospital.

According to FOX NEws, lawyers for the government and John Hinckley Jr. on Tuesday concluded seven days of hearings that were meant to help Judge Paul L. Friedman decide whether Hinckley should be allowed to live permanently outside the hospital and, if so, under what conditions.

Friedman has incrementally expanded Hinckley’s freedom since ruling in 2003 that he could leave St. Elizabeth’s hospital for daylong visits with his family. Hinckley now spends 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia. The hospital and his lawyers say he’s ready to live there full time.

John Hinckley Jr. has been barred for years from talking to the media, but court documents made available this week contain rare snippets of his voice
Here are some of the things they quote him as saying:

On taking part in group therapy sessions outside St. Elizabeths:

“It’s really refreshing to be in a group with people who aren’t completely out of their minds. The people in this group have normal lives, and normal problems. They have to worry about getting their kids to soccer, and what to make for dinner.”

On driving, which Judge Paul L. Friedman allowed him to do unaccompanied beginning in 2014:

“I love the feeling of being able to drive on the open road. It’s so great.”

On being rejected for volunteer opportunities at a botanical garden, the local humane society and the law library at the nearby College of William & Mary:

The law library “would have been a great gig for me. But when it gets to a certain level and my name gets brought up, my reputation gets in the way and I hit another road block.”

On getting a job:

“I’d love to get a job so I can have some real income.”

On asking for jobs at Subway and Starbucks while being followed by the Secret Service:

Two agents were “watching and listening to every little thing. That just bummed me out once that started happening. It made me feel awkward and uncomfortable.”

On the death in 2014 of President Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, the person most seriously wounded in Hinckley’s shooting:

“Brady’s death, you know, it got me to thinking about what I did to this man. It really did. You know, that I so diminished his life, that for so many years he was in pain, he just didn’t have the life he would have had … It made me wish I could take it back but it is what happened.”

“I have tremendous remorse.”

Here are some of the things they quote him as saying:

On taking part in group therapy sessions outside St. Elizabeths:

“It’s really refreshing to be in a group with people who aren’t completely out of their minds. The people in this group have normal lives, and normal problems. They have to worry about getting their kids to soccer, and what to make for dinner.”

On driving, which Judge Paul L. Friedman allowed him to do unaccompanied beginning in 2014:

“I love the feeling of being able to drive on the open road. It’s so great.”

On being rejected for volunteer opportunities at a botanical garden, the local humane society and the law library at the nearby College of William & Mary:

The law library “would have been a great gig for me. But when it gets to a certain level and my name gets brought up, my reputation gets in the way and I hit another road block.”

On getting a job:

“I’d love to get a job so I can have some real income.”

On asking for jobs at Subway and Starbucks while being followed by the Secret Service:

Two agents were “watching and listening to every little thing. That just bummed me out once that started happening. It made me feel awkward and uncomfortable.”

On the death in 2014 of President Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, the person most seriously wounded in Hinckley’s shooting:

“Brady’s death, you know, it got me to thinking about what I did to this man. It really did. You know, that I so diminished his life, that for so many years he was in pain, he just didn’t have the life he would have had … It made me wish I could take it back but it is what happened.”

“I have tremendous remorse.”