United States District Court for the District of Columbia
June 6, 2005.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
JOHN W. HINCKLEY, JR., Defendant.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: PAUL FRIEDMAN, District Judge
On June 1, 2005, the parties came before the Court for a status
conference. At that time, the Court established a schedule in
connection with Mr. Hinckley's motion for enlargement of terms of
conditional release, which is set forth below. Counsel for Mr.
Hinckley also noted that Mr. Hinckley will complete his six
allotted visits in the near future. Because the hearing in this
case will not take place until September, counsel for Mr.
Hinckley requested that Mr. Hinckley be allowed additional visits
in the same format and under the same conditions as those
permitted by this Court's November 24, 2004 Opinion and Order.
The government raised no new arguments in opposition to this
request, but rather rested on its previous arguments, which this
Court has already rejected. The Court will therefore permit Mr.
Hinckley additional visits, of no specific number, to continue
under the same conditions and strictures as were enumerated in
this Court's November 24, 2005 Order. These visits may continue
until such time as the Court rules on Mr. Hinckley's current
motion for enlargement of the terms of his conditional release.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that the Hospital shall file its response to Mr.
Hinckley's petition under D.C. Code § 24-501(k) and, if it deems
appropriate, its own petition under § 24-501(e) on the earlier of
(a) two weeks following Mr. Hinckley's sixth visit or (b) August
12, 2005; the government's experts shall file their reports on or
before August 31, 2005; it is
FURTHER ORDERED that the government shall produce the Secret
Service surveillance logs to the Hospital and to counsel for Mr.
Hinckley no later than August 1, 2005; should the Hospital need
the logs sooner, it shall so inform the government; it is
FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall appear for a motions
hearing beginning on September 19, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. and
continuing for three or four days; and it is
FURTHER ORDERED that Mr. Hinckley is permitted additional
visits, of no specific number, to continue under the same
conditions and strictures as were enumerated in this Court's
November 24, 2005 Order. These visits may continue until such
time as the Court rules on Mr. Hinckley's current motion for
enlargement of the terms of his conditional release.
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