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Lawyer: Florida man in gyrocopter flight to Capitol to plead guilty

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Douglas Hughes has said repeatedly in recent months that he objected to doing “significant hard jail time” for landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol to call attention to what he considers the influence of big money on politics. Hughes protested that no one got hurt in his “spectacular” act of civil disobedience on April 15, but prosecutors charged him with crimes that carried a potential of 9½ years in prison. On Thursday, his lawyer said in an email to…

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Gyrocopter pilot is frustrated message not getting through

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The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message isn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Instead, the overwhelming focus of news coverage has been about the gaps he exposed in national security. “We’ve…

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