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Year of freedom after 4 decades behind bars difficult for Louis Taylor

Year of freedom after 4 decades behind bars difficult for Louis Taylor

Louis Cuen Taylor spent most of his life living in the structured environment of prison.

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Pasó 42 años preso, y la duda sigue

Pasó 42 años preso, y la duda sigue

Louis Taylor durante la conferencia de prensa que ofreció junto al equipo legal Proyecto de Justicia de Arizona, que luchó por su liberación, la cual Taylor obtuvo al declararse "nolo contendere".

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Pasó 42 años preso, y la duda sigue

Pasó 42 años preso, y la duda sigue

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Pasó 42 años preso, y la duda sigue

Pasó 42 años preso, y la duda sigue

Louis Cuen Taylor habló elocuentemente y en ocasiones se puso emocional el día después de que fue liberado luego de haber estado encarcelado por más de cuatro décadas.

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Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Articulate and sometimes emotional, Louis Cuen Taylor spoke Wednesday afternoon about his case, the legal system and his first days of freedom after four decades in prison.

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Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Emotive Taylor says LaWall should wipe his slate clean

Louis Taylor, with attorney Noel Fidel, fights tears as he describes his long imprisonment, during which some of his relatives died. Taylor, a Tucson native, said he might someday return to live in his hometown, but for now he plans to settle in the Phoenix area.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

More than 100 pairs of eyes were on Louis Cuen Taylor Tuesday morning as he walked tentatively into the courtroom wearing an orange prison-issue T-shirt and baggy pants.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Louis Cuen Taylor accepts congratulations from Howard Kashman, his original attorney, as his current defense team surrounds him. "Welcome back, Mr. Taylor," Judge Richard Fields said after accepting Taylor's no-contest pleas. Fields gave Taylor credit for time served and ordered him released.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Louis Taylor disposes of the remains of his first meal outside prison in more than 40 years, a cheeseburger at In-n-Out Burger. The restaurant was his first stop after he felt "free Mother Earth beneath my feet" upon his release from the Arizona State Prison Complex on South Wilmot Road.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Kristina Beckman-Brito finds the moment overwhelming as she watches Louis Taylor come out of the South Wilmot Road prison a free man.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

The building at 100 N. Stone Ave., as it looks today. A fire on Dec. 20, 1970, killed 28 people; a 29th died months later. The former landmark Tucson hotel is now a office building.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Louis Cuen Taylor was 16 when he was arrested after the Pioneer Hotel fire in downtown Tucson. He turns 59 this week.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

A injured firefighter is taken from the scene of the Pioneer Hotel blaze. The death toll ultimately reached 29.

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Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Taylor embraces freedom 42 years after Pioneer fire

Some of the evidence in the fire was destroyed, and some was given to attorneys involved in civil suits against the hotel and the carpeting manufacturer.

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Plea deal OK on Pioneer Hotel fire, County Attorney LaWall says

Plea deal OK on Pioneer Hotel fire, County Attorney LaWall says

Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall supports the plea agreement in the 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire case in part because if Louis Cuen Taylor was retried, it would be impossible to get a conviction, court documents show.

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Attorneys: Fatal '70 hotel fire not arson

Attorneys: Fatal '70 hotel fire not arson

Arrested night of Pioneer fire, convicted in 1972.

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Attorneys: Fatal '70 hotel fire not arson

Attorneys: Fatal '70 hotel fire not arson

Arrested night of Pioneer fire, convicted in 1972.

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Attorneys: Fatal '70 hotel fire not arson

Attorneys: Fatal '70 hotel fire not arson

Louis Cuen Taylor has spent the last 40 years sitting in an Arizona prison for setting fire to a downtown hotel, killing 29 people. This week, a group of attorneys working for free asked a judge to set aside Taylor's conviction, asserting the fire wasn't arson at all.

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