WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for the man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan more than 30 years ago have asked to withdraw from the case, saying John Hinckley and his family can no longer afford to pay them.
The six attorneys with the firm Dickstein Shapiro LLC filed a motion to withdraw as Hinckley's counsel on Friday. Hinckley is asking for freedom to leave a Washington psychiatric hospital for more than 10 days at a time. A judge is expected to rule on that request in November.
Hinckley's attorneys say the protracted hearings on the matter "have been extremely expensive, even at the reduced rates" they've been charging. They say Hinckley's family is significantly behind on its legal bills and has indicated it won't pay for any further representation in the matter.