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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»

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»

Taylor to go free after plea in 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire

Louis Taylor pleaded no contest Tuesday to 28 counts of felony murder in the 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire as part of a deal that will see him set free after 42 years behind bars. Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall told a judge Monday that with a retrial impossible, he should accept a deal in the case.... Read more»5

Man convicted in 1970 Pioneer fire to be set free after 42 years

Louis Taylor, convicted for setting the 1970 fire at the Pioneer Hotel that killed 29, will be set free Tuesday after 42 years behind bars. Although Taylor has always maintained his innocence and his original trial was tainted by questions of racism that sparked a push for a new trial, he will be found guilty and sentenced to the years he has already served. (with video) ... Read more»2