Senate panel sits down to review insanity pleas
Washington — Three days after John W. Hinckley Jr. was acquitted by reason of insanity for shooting President Reagan, the Senate called a hearing on changing the law governing insanity pleas - with three jurors as witnesses.
Reform of the insanity law has been a hot topic in Congress for some time, and some proposals were introduced before Mr. Reagan was shot. The current subcommittee hearing could introduce an amendment to a bill - already approved by the full Judiciary panel - that tightens the rules for insanity pleas.
The jurors told the committee Thursday their verdict would have been the same even if President Reagan had been killed.