Hinckley asks for more time at mother's home

By JESSICA GRESKO | February 25, 2013 | 3:29 PM EST

FILE - In a Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan is back in court for hearings on whether he should get to spend more time away from the psychiatric hospital where he has been living. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan says his client has been spending too much time at a psychiatric hospital and should instead spend more time at his mother's Virginia home.

Barry Levine, a longtime attorney for John Hinckley, was taking part in a court hearing in Washington on Monday.

Lawyers are discussing whether Hinckley should be allowed to spend additional time away from the psychiatric hospital where he has lived since being found insane at the time he shot Reagan in 1981. Hinckley has been gradually given more freedom from Washington's St. Elizabeths Hospital. He is allowed to make 10-day visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va.

Levine argued that Hinckley has earned more time in Virginia.