U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said he will approve the transaction.
Friedman said: “If he hadn’t tried to kill the president, he would have been unconditionally released for the past ten years or so, and his freedom would be restored.
“I obey the law, obey the evidence, obey the science,” Friedman added. “I am very satisfied with where we are. I think it might be late…My cautious attitude in taking incremental steps should give us all very comfort and everything will be fine.”
A large amount of evidence from independent psychologists and experts shows that Hinckley’s “mental illness has been completely, stable and completely remitted, and has lasted for more than 30 years,” his lawyer Barry Levine said at the hearing. Levin added that the doctor has repeatedly concluded that Hinckley will not pose a risk to the public and is sincerely committed to continuing his treatment and treatment.
Hinckley, through his lawyer, apologized to the Reagan family and other victims of the 1981 assassination attempt, including a policeman, Secret Service agent and White House press secretary James Brady, who was paralyzed.
“His apology is sincere and a deep regret,” Levine said. “…Perhaps, begging for mercy is too much.”
Recently, Hinckley opened a YouTube page and posted videos of herself playing guitar, singing cover songs and original songs. Levine said that he is an artist and wants to continue making music.
“We believe that his future is bright. I hope other people with a good sense of charity will bless him,” Levine said. “…I hope that people will see this as a victory for mental health. People who are ravaged by mental illness, if they receive good support and treatment, can actually become productive members of society.”
After the hearing, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Research Institute, which runs the Reagan Library, issued a statement condemning the judge’s decision and claimed that Hinckley was still dangerous in his view.
The statement stated that the foundation “is deeply saddened to hear of the unconditional release of John Hinckley Jr., who was attempting to assassinate President Reagan. The shooting resulted in serious injuries to three other brave individuals.” “Contrary to the judge’s decision, we believe that John Hinckley still poses a threat to others, and we strongly oppose his release.”
After more than 50 years in jail for the assassination of Kennedy, the California Parole Board voted for Sirhan’s release and found that he no longer poses a threat to public safety. The final decision to release Sirhan ultimately rests with the Governor of California.
Many of Kennedy’s children strongly opposed his release, even though Kennedy’s two sons expressed support for Silhan on the parole board.
This story has been updated with further development.
CNN’s Chandelis Duster and Hannah Rabinowitz contributed to this report.