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After 35 Years, A Court Orders Ronald Reagan's Would-Be Assassin Freed05:55
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A March 30, 1981 file photo shows John Hinckley Jr. (L) escorted by police in Washington, D.C., following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then-President Ronald Reagan. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
A March 30, 1981 file photo shows John Hinckley Jr. (L) escorted by police in Washington, D.C., following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then-President Ronald Reagan. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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In 1981, John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan outside a Washington hotel in an effort to demonstrate his devotion to the actress Jodie Foster. After more than three decades in a government psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C., Hinckley is now being released to live full-time with his mother.

Journalist Eddie Dean has been tracking Hinckley's case for years and talks with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti about what Hinckley's release means.

Guest

Eddie Dean, contributing editor at Washingtonian magazine.

This segment aired on July 27, 2016.

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