An Arizona man did not commit a crime when he mailed a manifesto detailing his plot to kill fans at the 2008 Super Bowl to various media outlets, a full panel of the 9th Circuit ruled Friday.

Distressed over a business failure in 2008, Kurt Havelock bought an AR-15 assault rifle and mailed his “fractured meditation on the purported evils of American society” to The New York Times, The Associated Press and others. The letters laid out his plan to shoot fans as they walked into the Glendale, Ariz., football stadium for Super Bowl XLII.

Havelock changed his mind in the parking lot, however, and admitted his plans to police.

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