Insane on All Counts

After torturous deliberations, a jury acquits John Hinckley

"As to the first count, not guilty, by reason of insanity." There was a gasp in the courtroom.

John Hinckley Jr., who had fired a revolver full of explosive bullets at President Ronald Reagan to prove his love for Movie Actress Jodie Foster, had been acquitted of attempted assassination. The young drifter who shot his way onto history's center stage stood silently at the defense table, closed his vacuous eyes, and tilted back his head.

Judge Barrington Parker's flat recital continued through the 13 assault, murder and...

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