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LIBERAL PRIORITIES: Man who shot President Ronald Reagan can now publicly display his artwork, judge rules

John W. Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will now be allowed to publicly display his writings, paintings, photographs and other artwork. 

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John W. Hinckley Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will now be allowed to publicly display his writings, paintings, photographs and other artwork. 

The almost-assassin turned artist has previously released and displayed his works anonymously, but a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Hinckley may now put his name on his works as part of ongoing therapy. 

Judge Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia wrote that Hinckley had remained “mentally stable” since 2016, when he was released from the psychiatric facility he had been confined to for decades, according to the New York Times.

Hinckley now lives with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Since 2018, the 65 year old has posted his music on SoundCloud and YouTube – with the help of his music therapist – but has been frustrated with the lack of feedback he’d received from the small number of people who have come across his anonymous work. His treatment team requested that he be allowed to use his name. 

And it has been approved. 

You’d think that privilege would be lost after trying to murder the president of the United States, but clearly anything is possible. 

Upon release of his works, Hinckley must notify the forensic outpatient department and his treatment providers so he can discuss the feedback he receives with his doctors, the Times reports. 

And, “if clinically indicated, they may terminate [his] ability to publicly display his creative works,” Friedman wrote. 

In an interview, Hinckley said he wants to make money off his art. 

“I create things I think are good and, like any other artist, I would like to profit from it and contribute more to my family,” he said. “I feel like I could help my mother and brother out if I could make money from my art.” 

But, it remains unclear whether the judge’s order will allow Hinckley to profit from the sales. 

On March 30, 1981, Hinckley – 25 years old and suffering from acute psychosis – fired six shots, seriously injuring President Reagan outside a hotel in Washington. 

Caught in the crossfire were James S. Brady, the White House press secretary; Timothy J. McCarthy, a Secret Service agent; and Thomas K. Delahanty, a Washington police officer. 

James Brady sustained permanent brain damage and eventually died from his injuries in 2014. 

In 1982, Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, a decision that shocked much of the country. He was sent to St. Elizabeth’s, a psychiatric hospital, where he remained until 2016. 

Though he’s been awarded arguably too many freedoms, he still faces several prohibitions, including continued restriction of contacting Jodie Foster, members of the Reagan family, or members of James Brady’s family. 

Judge Friedman said that Mr. Hinckley “will not pose a danger to himself or others due to mental illness if permitted to continue residing in the community” under the terms of his release, according to the Times. 

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  1. r hilliard

    October 29, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    “Judge Friedman said that Mr. Hinckley “will not pose a danger to himself or others due to mental illness if permitted to continue residing in the community” under the terms of his release, according to the Times.”…in other words…..keep him out of jail before he’ll do it again…

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Gunman In Highland Park Shooting Was ‘Dressed In Women’s Clothing’

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The suspected gunman who opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday was wearing women’s clothing as a disguise, police announced Tuesday.

The attack killed six people and injured dozens more, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. The suspect, 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, was apprehended by police later that day near Lake Forest, Illinois.

“During the attack, Crimo was dressed in women’s clothing,” said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, FOX 10 reported. “Investigators do believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape with the other people who were fleeing the chaos.”

“He brought a high-powered rifle to this parade,” Covelli said. “He accessed the roof of a business via a fire escape ladder and began opening fire on the innocent Independence Day celebration-goers.”

“After the shooting, Crimo blended in with the crowd and walked to his mother’s home in the area where he borrowed her vehicle, Covelli said. A member of the community spotted Crimo driving and called 911,” FOX 10 reported. “Crimo was pulled over and arrested during a traffic stop about five miles north of the shooting.”

Investigators have interrogated Crimo and reviewed his social media but have not been able to determine a motive for the attack, Covelli said.

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Democrats Introduce ‘Transgender Bill Of Rights’

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On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a “Transgender Bill of Rights” to “protect and codify the rights of transgender and nonbinary people under the law and ensure their access to medical care, shelter, safety, and economic security.”

Led by Democrat Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA), David Cicilline (RI), Marie Newman (IL), Mark Takano (CA), and Ritchie Torres (NY), HR 1209 proposes “amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics in public accommodations and federally funded programs and activities.”

“As we witness Republicans and an extremist Supreme Court attack and roll back the fundamental rights of trans people across our country, and as state legislatures across the country target our trans community with hateful, bigoted, and transphobic attacks, we are standing up and saying enough is enough,” said Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

“Our Trans Bill of Rights says clearly to the trans community across the country that we see you and we will stand with you to ensure you are protected and given the dignity and respect that every person should have,” Jayapal added.

The bill seeks to increase the ability of children to get permanent and life changing surgeries by “eliminating unnecessary governmental restrictions on the provision of, and access to, gender-affirming medical care and counseling for transgender and nonbinary adults, adolescents, and children.”

The bill will additionally ensure that biological male students are allowed to compete in girls’ sports by amending federal “education laws to ensure that they protect students from discrimination based on sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics, and guarantee students’ right to participate in sports on teams that best align with their gender identity.”

Federal education laws will also be amended to allow students to :use school facilities that best align with their gender identity,” meaning that biological males would be allowed to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms.

The bill expands beyond “transgender rights” to also ban states from making laws restricting abortion by “codifying the right to abortion.”

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