(Closed) Italian Scientists Convicted of Manslaughter for Failing to Predict Earthquake

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

That seems just nuts. 

Post # 5
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Unbelievable. There is no reliable way to predict earthquakes and yet the scientists are responsible for those deaths? That’s just nuts. Completely, totally nuts.

Post # 6
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Good luck ever getting another scientist to work in that city! lol

Hopefully this will be overturned on appeal.

Post # 7
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

The Italian justice system seems jacked up to me.  This is rediculous.  So glad we decided not to go there for our honeymoon.

Post # 8
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I heard about this.  They had a commentator on the news who said the Italian system is unique and the scientists will probably be able to keep appealing the charges, never doing jail time but having to pay fees to continue the appeals. 

They are holding people accountable for unpredictable acts of nature.  That seems absurd to me.

Post # 9
95 posts
Worker bee

Mmmmm I think instead of reading only 1 article you should get more informed on exactly how things went.. they were not charged for failing to predict an earthquake, they were charged for how they deliver the info they had to the population. Correct or not correct I am not in a position to say but only reading one article (foreign, btw) and judging is not fair either.

Post # 10
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This is suuuuuuuuuuuch a backwards step for science. :-/

Post # 12
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

@Asia:  Nah I think it’s just a huge step backwards for Italians. 😉

My family is from Italy so I just had to send this around to all of my family members. I don’t even have any words for this; it’s absolutely absurd.

Post # 13
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Completely ridiculous. Like PP said, they’re going to have a hard time finding more scientists to work there.

It really seems like they just wanted someone to blame. You can’t punish the earth, you can’t punish God- but you can punish some poor souls who happened to be wrong. There’s no justice in that.


Post # 14
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That is redic!  There are just no words for the rediculousness of that.  Ugh

Post # 15
95 posts
Worker bee

@Mrs.KMM:  sorry I wasn’t clear: when I said “international press”I meant ‘not italian’. I understand you do not speak italian, so I am not expecting you to read the online newspaper there.. however, while a lot of italian scientists and people comdemn the sentence, it was not about the fact that the scientists didn’t predict the earthquake: it was about the fact that in the months and days before the main earthquake, they did not warn the population that there was a possibility of a bigger earthquake even though there were continous shakes of the ground, and therefore people were completely unprepared.Of course I am not an expert so I can’t judge.

What it really rubs me the wrong way is that people feel entitle to make comments without actually reading the real sentence but just gathering infos from foreign newspaper. I’ve read a few, and the translation of the part of the final sentence that is available was not reported/translated accurately, imo. Also, I believe the judge complete sentence is not out to the public yet.. so I’d rather wait to see exactly what they were convicted for before saying it’s ridicuolus. 

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