Roger M. Adelman


Age: 74

U.S. government lawyer whose unsuccessful prosecution of John W. Hinckley, Jr. in the 1981 shooting of President Ronald Reagan and his press secretary James S. Brady led to significant changes in the law governing the insanity defense in criminal trials after the jury found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity in a decision that shocked the public and lawmakers across the country, but the Congress passed the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which set a higher bar for the insanity defense in federal courts (under the new law, lack of control was no longer a defense) in direct response to the verdict in 1984.

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Born: June 25, 1941

Died: September 21, 2015

Washington, D.C.