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Judge Approves Unconditional Release of Would-Be Reagan Assassin John Hinkley

A federal judge has approved the unconditional release of 66-year-old would-be Ronald Reagan killer John Hinkley.

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A federal judge has approved the unconditional release of 66-year-old John Hinkley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

The judge ruled that the would-be assassin will be released with his debt to society paid next June. But Hinkley had been enjoying looser restrictions for the last several years. Indeed, in 2016, it was determined that he is no longer a threat to anyone.

Hinkley, you’ll recall claimed that he tried to murder President Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster — who later came out as a lesbian. A jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity and in 1982 he was institutionalized at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.

By 2017, he was remanded to the custody of his mother and lived with her in Williamsburg, Virginia. However, this summer the woman died at the age of 95.

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Hinkley was, though, restricted to staying in the state and was also restricted on when, how, and how far away he could travel from his mother’s home.

But now that is all nearly behind him. Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said on Monday that his debt to society is now paid in full. He added that, “very few patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital have been studied more thoroughly than John Hinckley.”

“If he hadn’t tried to kill the President, he would have been given unconditional release a long, long, long time ago,” Friedman added. “I followed the law, I followed the evidence, and I followed the science. I’m very comfortable with where we are. I think it’s probably overdue. … My caution, with taking incremental steps, should give us all a great deal of comfort that everything is going to be just fine.”

Hinckley’s lawyer, Barry Levine, celebrated the decision and added that his client poses no threat to anyone.

The Department of Justice agreed with the court’s ruling but added that they want to monitor Hinkley for the next nine months.

Prosecutor Kacie Weston said the Justice Department agreed to a settlement but wanted to monitor Hinckley for the next nine months because of two big changes in his life: He’s living on his own for the first time in about 40 years, and because one of his primary doctors is preparing for retirement and disbanding Hinckley’s therapy group. The Justice Department said it would file a motion with the court before June if it had fresh concerns about Hinckley.

“Ultimately your honor, at this point, the ball is in Mr. Hinckley’s hands,” Weston said.

For his part, Hinkley has claimed to have come to understand his crimes and has apologized to Foster, Ronald Reagan’s family, and the other people he shot.

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THE NUMBERS ARE IN: Florida has Lowest COVID Rate in the Nation

Well, would you look at that.

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If Governor RonDesantis isn’t planning to shove this in everyone’s face for a while, we’d be surprised.

Florida, a state that has been the bane of the liberals’ existence in recent months due to their freedom-first coronavirus precautions, now get to gloat.  And bigly.

In mid-August, Florida was averaging about 25,000 new cases a day, or about 116 for every 100,000 residents. That was the worst rate in the U.S. — and one of the worst in the world. Awash in the hypercontagious Delta variant, the Sunshine State became one of the epicenters of the global pandemic.

During the past two months, however, Florida’s daily average has plummeted by more than 90 percent, to about 1,700 cases, or eight for every 100,000 residents. That’s roughly half of California’s current COVID rate and less than a quarter of Vermont’s. Hawaii (with nine cases for every 100,000 residents) is the only other state in single digits.

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DeSantis has been absolutely adamant about allowing Floridians to choose the level of risk that they wish to take as it pertains to COVID-19, and has barred businesses and institutions from enacting vaccine or mask mandates.  This has gained him a great deal of criticism from the liberal left, who have insisted that the Governor is being reckless.

If Governor RonDesantis isn’t planning to shove this in everyone’s face for a while, we’d be surprised. Florida, a state that has been the bane of the liberals’ existence in recent months due to their freedom-first coronavirus precautions, now get to gloat.  And bigly. In mid-August, Florida was averaging about 25,000 new cases a day, or about 116 for every 100,000 residents. That was the worst rate in the U.S. — and one of the worst in the world. Awash in the hypercontagious Delta variant, the Sunshine State became one of the epicenters of the global pandemic. During the past two months, however, Florida’s daily average has plummeted by more than 90 percent, to about 1,700 cases, or eight for every 100,000 residents. That’s roughly half of California’s current COVID rate and less than a quarter of Vermont’s. Hawaii (with nine cases for every 100,000 residents) is the only other state in single digits. DeSantis has been absolutely adamant about allowing Floridians to choose the level of risk that they wish to take as it pertains to COVID-19, and has barred businesses and institutions from enacting vaccine or mask mandates.  This has gained him a great deal of criticism from the liberal left, who have insisted that the Governor is being reckless.

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Search Warrant in Baldwin Shooting Reveals Blatant Negligence

This is unconscionable.

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Any time that someone dies on a movie set, you have to know that something has gone terribly, unforgivably wrong.

These sets are microcosms of the work of enormous and wealthy companies who are lawyered up to the gills, wading around in an industry where someone else’s misfortune is not to be squandered by the competition.

Nothing should ever go wrong on a movie set, if not for these simple facts alone.

That is why the latest details in the shooting death of a cinematographer last week are so damning.

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The crew member responsible for overall safety on the set of Rust has admitted he didn’t properly check the gun that Alec Baldwin fired on October 21 and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

“During an interview with David Halls, when Affiant asked David about the safety protocol on set in regards to firearms, he advised, ‘I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, she [Hannah] opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set,’” reveals an affidavit successfully submitted by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office for a new search warrant issued today (read the search warrant here).

“David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds,” the filing adds, noting the interaction that afternoon last week between the First AD and armorer Hannah Gutierrez.

And then…

“He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” the affidavit bluntly states of the crew member who has emerged at the core of this tragedy.

No charges have yet to be filed in response to the incident, but prosecutors have made it very clear that they haven’t ruled it out.

Any time that someone dies on a movie set, you have to know that something has gone terribly, unforgivably wrong. These sets are microcosms of the work of enormous and wealthy companies who are lawyered up to the gills, wading around in an industry where someone else’s misfortune is not to be squandered by the competition. Nothing should ever go wrong on a movie set, if not for these simple facts alone. That is why the latest details in the shooting death of a cinematographer last week are so damning. The crew member responsible for overall safety on the set of Rust has admitted he didn’t properly check the gun that Alec Baldwin fired on October 21 and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. “During an interview with David Halls, when Affiant asked David about the safety protocol on set in regards to firearms, he advised, ‘I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, she [Hannah] opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set,’” reveals an affidavit successfully submitted by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office for a new search warrant issued today (read the search warrant here). “David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds,” the filing adds, noting the interaction that afternoon last week between the First AD and armorer Hannah Gutierrez. And then… “He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” the affidavit bluntly states of the crew member who has emerged at the core of this tragedy. No charges have yet to be filed in response to the incident, but prosecutors have made it very clear that they haven’t ruled it out.

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