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John Hinckley and the Insanity Defense

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John Hinckley and the Insanity Defense

John Hinckley and the Insanity Defense

John Hinckley and the Insanity Defense

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It's been more than 20 years since a disturbed young man named John Hinckley shot President Reagan outside a Washington hotel. Hinckley remains in a psychiatric hospital in the nation's capital, and this week he asked a judge for permission to make unsupervised visits to his parents. Hinckley's trial led to changes in the so-called "insanity defense." Alix Spiegel reports.