Trump, Reagan biographer rip release of Hinckley, ‘travesty of justice’ || Washington Examiner

Trump, Reagan biographer rip release of Hinckley, ‘travesty of justice’

By PAUL BEDARD

A top biographer of former President Ronald Reagan slammed a liberal, Bill Clinton-appointed judge for releasing John Hinckleydespite deep concerns that the convict is still obsessed with actress Jodie Foster and a threat to others.

“This is a purely political decision by Judge Paul L. Friedman, who clearly wishes to corrupt Reagan’s legacy. Judge Friedman was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in March of 1994. Just as a jury of liberal Washingtonians came to the liberally biased verdict that John Hinckley was innocent by reason of insanity, so too is this decision,” said Craig Shirley.

Donald Trump agreed. The presidential candidate said in a news conference, “John Hinckley should not have been released.”

Hinckley was convicted of trying to assassinate Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, and two police, just one year into Reagan’s first term.

“Once again, corrupt liberal justice was served, but justice was not served for the four victims of Hinckley’s sick actions,” Shirley said in a statement.

He has written three Reagan biographies.

His full statement:

The decision to release John Hinckley, Jr. from St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital after his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan is outrageous, disgraceful and a travesty of justice. No matter how much supervision he has, John Hinckley cannot be trusted to move and function in society. Even though his victims, President Ronald Reagan and White House Press Secretary James Brady have passed on, Mr. Hinckley remains a threat. According to the Secret Service, he is still obsessed with Jodie Foster. Hinckley’s actions remain a terrible stain on American history and a reminder of the lifetime of damage that can be caused by one man in a matter of seconds.

This is a purely political decision by Judge Paul L. Friedman, who clearly wishes to corrupt Reagan’s legacy. Judge Friedman was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in March of 1994. Just as a jury of liberal Washingtonians came to the liberally biased verdict that John Hinckley was innocent by reason of insanity, so too is this decision.

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