Noted DUI defense attorney Thomas Wilson is offering now-freed prisoner Louis Taylor a job.
After spending more than 43 years in prison following Tucson's Pioneer Hotel fire, Taylor faces the daunting task of re-entering society and finding work.
Wilson would like to help him with that transition.
From his 10th floor office in the Tucson Transamerica Building, Thomas Wilson can see the old Pioneer Hotel very clearly.
"It's right there," he says, pointing at the building.
Looking at it, he tells us why he feels so inclined to help a man whose spent the last 43 years behind bars.
"Last couple days, I'm talking to a lot of lawyers in this building and folks in town that have said, 'I hope somebody helps him. I hope something happens,'" Wilson says, shaking his head. "Enough people said that and I said...'You know I'm somebody, maybe I'll be that guy instead of talking about it.'"
Wilson has no personal connection to the Pioneer fire.
He's never met Louis Taylor. In fact, he's never even spoken to him.
But based on what he's witnessed over the last few days, Wilson has a pretty good idea about this man's character.
"To be able to endure that and survive that for this length of time," Wilson says. "It's tremendous."
Which is why he's offering Taylor a full-time job at his firm with full benefits.
At this point, it's too early to say what Taylor might be doing, but Wilson says he's more than eager to help.
"Anything that we do here I can teach," he says. I can't teach character and that's the one thing he already has and I value that to take a shot."
Whether it's filing paperwork, taking photographs or performing interviews, Wilson just wants Louis Taylor to finally have a chance.
"I was two years old when this happened in 1970," Wilson says. "And I think about what I've done in the last 43 years -- and I think about where this young man's been in 43 years.
"There's 14 employees here," Wilson adds. "We practice three different areas of law. I don't know what his interests are but I certainly know I've something that will fit."
Wilson says the offer is officially on the table as of Wednesday night.
Louis Taylor's attorney has been notified of the available job opportunity.
We'll let you know if and when the opportunity becomes a reality.
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