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Hinckley Verdict #78721

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 22, 1982
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(Studio) Public reaction to verdict in John West Hinckley's trial reported Hinckley's victims Timothy McCarthy, Thomas Delahanty, James Brady and President Reagan noted declining comment on verdict. [REAGAN - refuses to comment.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Judge Barrington Parker reported committing Hinckley to Saint Elizabeth's Hospital; details given. Reaction of defense attorney Vincent Fuller quoted on screen; response of Hinckley's parents mentioned. [Jurors Maryland COPELIN, Nathalia BROWN - believe structure of judicial system forced their votes.] Pressure on prosecutor to prove Hinckley sane while lack of pressure on defense noted. [Jury foreman Lawrence COFFEY - claims personal feelings have to be ignored. Issues about insanity defense raised by verdict considered.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

(DC) Capitol Hill reaction to verdict examined. [PEOPLE - criticize verdict.] [Senator Arlen SPECTER - criticizes law.] Proposed changes in insanity defense outlined on screen, discussed. [Senator Orrin HATCH - thinks law is the problem.] Efforts to strengthen federal firearms laws recalled encountering gun lobby.

(Studio) [Edwin MEESE - discusses verdict, insanity defense] [Attorney General William French SMITH - comments on insanity defense, Hinckley's soc. and financial resources.] Further discussion of event on tonight's "Nightline" announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Hume, Brit;
O'Brien, Tim;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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