He was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and has spent the last 35 years in a government psychiatric hospital in Washington. District Judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley no longer posed a danger to himself or others and could be released.Doctors have said for many years that the now 61-year-old Hinckley, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting, is no longer plagued by the mental illness that drove him to shoot Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. Elizabeths hospital has been more than a decade in the making. While outside the hospital, Hinckley has to comply with a series of restrictions.
So why, given her blanket refusal to discuss her sexuality, has Jodie suddenly decided to come clean?In late 2003, the judge allowed Hinckley to begin leaving the hospital for day visits with his parents in the Washington area. He will have to attend individual and group therapy sessions and is barred from talking to the media.He can drive, but there are restrictions on how far he can travel. According to court records and testimony at a recent court hearing on the issue of his release, he has spent time volunteering at a church as well as a local mental hospital.I have given everything up there…that's reality show enough." PHOTOS: Out and proud stars In her heartfelt speech, the star went on to thank her "soul sister for life" Bernard.(The pair split after more than a decade together in 2008.) "I am so proud of our modern family," she gushed.In a speech to a gathering of fellow Hollywood stars, the 45-year-old, who was collecting an award, pointedly thanked: "My beautiful Cydney, who sticks by me through all the rotten and the bliss." It was a declaration of affection that took even those closest to Miss Foster by surprise, and her first public recognition of 54-year-old Miss Bernard, who shares the actress's home and the care of her sons, Charlie, nine, and six-year-old Kit.