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High Court Won't Hear Case Of Arizona Man Freed From Prison

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The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that a man freed after more than 40 years in prison can't sue for damages. The high court on Monday turned away a lawsuit by Louis Taylor.

Taylor was convicted of starting a 1970 fire at the Pioneer Hotel in Tucson that killed nearly 30 people.

He was serving a life sentence when he was freed in 2013 after an expert determined the fire was not arson, a finding the government disputed.

In order to be released Taylor entered a no contest plea to the original charges against him.

Lower courts ruled that because of the no contest plea Taylor could not sue for damages.