Trial Date Set for Civil Suit Against Would-Be Assassin
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A federal judge on Tuesday set a Sept. 29 trial date for a civil lawsuit by three men who were wounded when John W. Hinckley Jr. tried to assassinate President Reagan.
Former White House press secretary James Brady and two other plaintiffs contend Hinckley knew what he was doing when he fired six shots from a handgun in an attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster.
Brady, who was shot in the head and left permanently disabled, was the most seriously wounded of the three. The other two plaintiffs are Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy and former District of Columbia police officer Thomas K. Delahanty.
The three are seeking damages totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
Hinckley has been confined to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington since 1982, when he was found innocent of criminal charges by reason of insanity.
He contends his insanity at the time of the shooting also should bar any claims for civil damages. But U.S. District Judge John Garrett Penn has refused to dismiss those claims.
The case had been scheduled for trial last summer, but it was delayed while both sides sought a settlement. None has been reached, however, so after meeting with attorneys on Tuesday, Penn scheduled the new trial date.