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Court: Louis Taylor cannot collect for 42 years behind bars in Pioneer fire case

A Tucson man who spent years in prison on 28 arson-related murder counts that were later vacated cannot now collect damages for the time he spent behind bars, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Evidence of police dishonesty leads to overturned convictions nationwide

Maybe Debra Jean Milke masterminded the murder of her son Christopher in Phoenix just before Christmas 1989 to collect the four-year-old's $5,000 life insurance policy. Or maybe – as Milke has insisted – she was just the innocent victim of a corrupt cop with a proven pattern of lying.... Read more»

Advocates slam proposal to charge for searching public records

A proposal that would allow governments to charge a labor fee for time-intensive public records requests would restrict access to information and undermine open government, a media attorney told lawmakers Thursday. “Bottom line is public records in Arizona belong to the people."... Read more»

Report: Az in middle of states for exonerations in criminal cases

The release of a Tucson man in a decades-old arson-murder case made headlines this week, but a new national report shows Arizona is in the middle of the pack when it comes to exonerating prisoners.... Read more»

Louis Taylor: 'Persevered through grace of God'

An emotional Louis Taylor maintained his innocence while explaining his decision to plead no contest in the 1970 Hotel Pioneer fire the day after a hearing before Arizona Judge Richard Fields set him free after 42 years behind bars. (with video)... Read more»2

Louis Taylor freed after 42 years behind bars

The man convicted of starting the 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 29 people walked free Tuesday after spending 42 years in prison. With legal advocates raising questions about the case against him, 59-year-old Louis Taylor accepted an agreement with prosecutors in which he pleaded no contest to 28 counts of felony murder and received credit for time served.... Read more»