Judge: no to march for man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol


WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who piloted his one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted U.S. airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington won’t be able to participate in a march ahead of his sentencing.

Douglas Hughes has said his flight was a way to call attention to the influence of big money in politics. He wanted to participate in early April in a campaign finance march from Philadelphia to the District of Columbia. A judge on Wednesday denied that request.

Hughes, who lives in Florida, has been allowed to remain out of jail while his case goes forward. But he’s largely restricted to traveling within the county where he lives and a congressional district where he’s considering seeking office.

Hughes is set to be sentenced April 13.