The Jodie Foster-obsessed man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 wants a job in the music industry, his lawyer said at a federal court hearing in Washington, DC, Tuesday.
John Hinckley Jr., 64, who lives in Virginia with his mother and brother, is asking for permission to move to California to pursue his music-biz dream, said his attorney Barry Levine.
“He’s got some talent,” Levine said after the hearing.
The attorney intends to ask for a full, unconditional release from the 30 strict court orders that Hinckley lives under, which stipulate that he must live within 75 miles of his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Under the conditions, Hinckley must have regular visits with health professionals, volunteer or work three days a week and not speak to the media.
Once a month, Hinckley attends music therapy and also regularly plays guitar, writes songs and sings, court records show.
But he can’t perform music publicly, due to the restrictions.
Hinckley, who wasn’t at the hearing, was confined for decades in St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington for the shooting that left Reagan and three others injured.
The Oklahoma native had been fixated on the 1976 Martin Scorsese film “Taxi Driver,” in which Foster plays a child prostitute named Iris and crazed Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro, plots to assassinate a politician.
Health professionals have said Hinckley is fully treated from the mental illness he suffered at 25 when he tried to assassinate the president.
Now, he wants to pursue a career in the entertainment industry in the Golden State and travel, possibly to Texas to visit his sister, his lawyer said.
Prosecutor Kacie Weston said the cross-country move would give the government “great pause” but didn’t elaborate.
Judge Paul L. Friedman will consider easing up on the restrictions, he said, but wants to see a plan for where Hinckley would live and what he would do if he moves away.
“It’s been a long time since 1981,” Friedman said, adding he believes Hinckley is ready for the “next step.”
“The question is what the next step is,” he said.
With Post wires
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