…Italy with this little gem!
The international scientific community is aghast at the ruling, which holds scientists responsible for giving “inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” about tremors felt before the big 2009 quake.
An Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts on manslaughter charges Monday for failing to adequately warn citizens before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009, killing more than 300 people.
The court in L’Aquila sentenced the defendants to six years in prison. Each one is a member of the national Great Risks Commission.
In Italy, convictions aren’t definitive until after at least one level of appeals, so it is unlikely that any of the defendants will face jail immediately.
Scientists worldwide decried the trial as ridiculous, contending that science has no reliable way of predicting earthquakes.