WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington Monday refused to end John Hinckley Jr.'s visits with his parents but agreed with prosecutors new terms may be needed.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Zeno Monday questioned whether Hinckley, 51, receives adequate supervision when he leaves St. Elizabeths Hospital, citing the alleged ill health of his mother and reported tension with his father, CNN reported. They are both in their 80s.
Hinckley's attorney Barry Levine said the parents have proven they can adequately supervise their son who "as a matter of mental health is doing exceedingly well" and "poses no danger ... to himself or others," CNN said.
In allowing the trips to continue, Friedman said he may consider appointing one of Hinckley's siblings as a custodian for the overnight visits.
A government medical expert is scheduled to report on Hinckley's mental status Oct. 31 and Friedman said he would use that information as a basis for his decision.