On March 31, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was exiting the Washington Hilton Hotel after delivering a speech to the National Conference of Buildings and Trades, AFL-CIO. From a small, unsearched crowd watching the President exit the rear of the Hilton, John Hinckley fired six shots at the President and the group of people escorting him. Hinckley shot Press Secretary James Brady in the head, District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty in the neck, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy in the abdomen and a ricochet bullet hit the President in the chest and lungs. No one died in this attack, but Press Secretary James Brady was permanently disabled by the bullet.
Hinckley was immediately arrested on the scene and charged with attempted assassination making it a federal crime. The prosecution team was led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Adelman. Hinckley’s trial was in the spring of 1982 and he was found not guilty by reason of insanity on June 21, 1982. The defense psychiatric reports had found him to be insane while Adelman vigorously insisted the government reports declared him legally sane. Neither Hinckley nor the President testified at the trial.
The material within this collection consists of personal notes; arrest records; evidence description of the Washington Hilton; notes of the original interview with President Reagan on April 7, 1981 and a typed transcript of this interview; and 1982 memorandum and meetings on the prosecutions efforts to persuade the President to testify at the trial of Hinckley.
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