The latest news out of Italy is everywhere, so we’ll give you a few excerpts from the BBC. This is their headline: L’Aquila quake: Italy scientists guilty of manslaughter. Here it comes, with bold font added by us:
Six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L’Aquila. A regional court found them guilty of multiple manslaughter.
It’s not easy to be a scientist in Italy. Galileo got convicted for saying that the Earth moves, and then these guys get convicted for failing to say it would move. Besides, they have no sense of causality in Italy. They should have put the Earth on trial — it’s the one that did the moving. Let’s read on.
Prosecutors said the defendants gave a falsely reassuring statement before the quake, while the defence maintained there was no way to predict major quakes. The 6.3 magnitude quake devastated the city and killed 309 people.
It took Judge Marco Billi slightly more than four hours to reach the verdict in the trial, which had begun in September 2011.
The trial lasted for 13 months and the judge reached a decision in only four hours? Smart man! Here’s more:
The seven – all members of the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks – were accused of having provided “inaccurate, incomplete and contradictory” information about the danger of the tremors felt ahead of 6 April 2009 quake, Italian media report. In addition to their sentences, all have been barred from ever holding public office again, La Repubblica reports.
What? No burning at the stake? They’re going soft in Italy. The BBC continues:
The case has alarmed many in the scientific community, who feel science itself has been put on trial.
Among those convicted were some of Italy’s most prominent and internationally respected seismologists and geological experts.
Okay, that’s enough for now. There will be more to be said about this. But we can’t help feeling that court decisions like this are very encouraging to the creationists. We know what they’re thinking: Today the seismologists, tomorrow the evolutionists!
Update: See Italian Seismologists Appeal Their Convictions.
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