April 3, 2013
From AZ

An emotional Louis Taylor, who was accused of the 1970 Pioneer Hotel arson in downtown Tucson that killed 29 people, said Tuesday he felt a rush of emotions after his release from custody after 42 years.

“It’s a little kind of overwhelming,” he said at a morning news conference, “but I’m free. That’s the most important thing.”

Taylor then started crying, one of several times his emotions got the better of him while meeting with reporters at the downtown Phoenix law offices of Polsinelli Shughart.

Taylor, who was released from a Tucson prison facility Monday, said his first stop was In-N-Out burger, where employees gave him a T-shirt. He then took a sunset hike along Sabino Canyon before heading to Phoenix.

On Tuesday morning, after spending the night at a friend’s house in Phoenix, he cooked bacon and eggs. Upon his release, Taylor said that cooking his own breakfast was one of the activities he looked forward to doing. 

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The firm is committed to pro bono services. Phoenix attorney Ed Novak, in partnership with the Arizona Justice Project, collaborated to represent Taylor. The original story was featured on "60 Minutes."

About Ed Novak

Edward F. Novak practices in the area of white collar crime/special matters. He has extensive jury, non-jury and appellate experience in criminal defense matters, complex civil litigation and government agency investigations in several areas including health care.
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