John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot Ronald Reagan four decades ago, is to be freed from all remaining restrictions if he continues to follow rules and exhibits no signs of mental illness. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman said he would be issuing a plan later this week.

“If he hadn’t tried to kill the president, he would have been unconditionally released a long, long, long time ago,” the judge said. “But everybody is comfortable now after all of the studies, all of the analysis and all of the interviews and all of the experience with Mr. Hinckley.”

Hinckley had been suffering from acute psychosis at the time of the shooting, but it seems that the mental illness has since been in remission. Experts have found that Hinckley poses no threat to the public if released. Reagan’s family has been strongly opposed to the move.

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