A federal prosecutor says John Hinckley continues to misread the actions of women. He says it's one reason Hinckley should not be granted extended visits away from the Washington mental hospital where he has been held since 1982.
Hinckley was found innocent by reason of insanity for shooting President Reagan in 1981. At the time, Hinckley was obsessed with
actress Jodie Foster.
In a hearing yesterday, assistant U-S attorney Thomas Zeno said that Hinckley "thought there was a personal spark" when he made eye
contact with a female hospital staff intern. Zeno says Hinckley also picked up similar wrong signals from a female hospital chaplain.
Hinckley's lawyer argues that his interactions with women pose no danger to anyone and that he should be granted the extended visits to his parents' home.
A federal judge is considering whether to allow Hinckley to make six trips to the home in Williamsburg, Virginia.