Trial of the Month: John Hinckley Jr. Trial

john hinckley trialIn 1981, John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan. He shot the President, a police officer, and a Secret Service agent. He also seriously wounded Press Secretary James Brady. The attack was an attempt to gain the affections of Jodie Foster. On August 28, 1981, Hinckley pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. On June 21, 1982, the jury found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity—a verdict that shocked and outraged many Americans. Thereafter, public pressure prompted Congress and many states to reform the laws governing the insanity defense.

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