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Legislation seeks to help those wrongfully convicted because of false confessions

Earlier this week, we told you about how, under certain circumstances, victims of wrongful convictions may not be able to seek damages for their wrongful incarceration if they falsely confessed to the crime or pled guilty in order to avoid a harsher sentence.

What would you do if a robot injured you on the construction site?

Robots are gaining traction in every industry. The fastest-growing sector of robotics is called "cobots," or collaborative robots, and they're being introduced even faster. Robots have been around since the 1960s, but cobots can do much more than mere robots. They've even tried using them as security guards.

Should victims of wrongful convictions be denied damages simply because of a false confession?

In New York, victims of wrongful convictions may be able to seek damages from the state if they serve time in prison for a crime they did not commit. However, it is important to remember that there are several limitations that apply.

Court finds man's sex abuse charges entirely based on fabrication

The Ninth Circuit court of appeals has reinstated a $9-million jury award in the case of a man who was falsely accused of molesting his children. The case against him appears to have been entirely fabricated by a Sheriff's deputy. She repeatedly contradicted the alleged victims' actual statements in her reports and even made up quotes and attributed it to them. It was a frame-up.

Is workers' comp the only option following a construction accident?

If you ever suffer a serious on-the-job construction injury, you may be left unable to work and facing long-term medical treatment. While workers' comp may be able to help cover some of your expenses, the truth is that many injured workers may be entitled to more than just workers' comp -- especially if their injury was caused by a third party.

SCOTUS: Exonerees don't have to prove selves for return of funds

The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled that exonerees are entitled to the return of conviction-related costs and any restitution they've paid, and that they don't have to affirmatively prove their innocence in order to qualify. This is not a case involving monetary compensation for the undue hardship an innocent person endures in prison -- here, the money the exonerees are seeking is the money they were charged in court costs and fees, or that they have paid in restitution to someone else's victim.

New York City Council approves six of 21 construction safety bills

Ever since 21 different construction safety bills (collectively known as the Construction Safety Act) were introduced in New York City several months ago, safety advocates have been patiently waiting to see how the City Council's Committee on Housing and Building would vote on these crucial measures. Well, the wait is now over, at least when it comes to six pieces of this very important legislation.

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