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Scientists face four years in prison for failing to predict earthquake
FoxNews.com ^ | September 27, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas

Posted on 09/27/2012 11:22:44 AM PDT by Hunton Peck

Six Italian scientists and one government official could see four-year prison terms for manslaughter for allegedly downplaying the risk of an earthquake in the town of L'Aquila, Italy, in 2009.

According to prosecutors, the six researchers and the Department of Civil Protection downplayed the likelihood that a series of tremors that hit the city in early 2009 were foreshadowing a larger quake. On April 6, 2009, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake killed 309 city residents.

The trial, which began about a year ago, has worried scientists, who point out that earthquake prediction is not possible. But prosecutors insist that the trial is not about predicting the unpredictable, according to Nature News. During closing arguments on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 24-25), the prosecution assistant told the courtroom that instead, the scientists and officials had inadequately assessed the risk of a quake and given deceptive information to the public.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: earthquakes; italy; seismologists
Criminal scientific malpractice. Is this what awaits climate change "deniers"?
1 posted on 09/27/2012 11:22:52 AM PDT by Hunton Peck
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2 posted on 09/27/2012 11:28:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama at the UN: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.)
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To: Hunton Peck

So, the resulting consequences will be daily headlines of

“Scientists Predicting Dire Disaster Strikes” - of course the said disaster could happen any time in the next 5 billion years, that should about cover it.

The sky is falling crowd will be so pleased.


3 posted on 09/27/2012 11:29:20 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Hunton Peck

If I remember right, they said there was no chance for an earthquake right before it happened.

I am torn on this one. They ignored a lot of evidence, but we don’t jail the weatherman for a tornado.

The Italian justice system is nuts.


4 posted on 09/27/2012 11:29:45 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Hunton Peck

And if he weighs the same as a duck, he is a.....?


5 posted on 09/27/2012 11:30:06 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Sir Napsalot

Yep. I even made fun of that and the “Wife of Jesus” nonsense on my new blog. Reposted on FR in its entirety of course.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2936354/posts


6 posted on 09/27/2012 11:31:30 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Hunton Peck

6.3 earthquake won’t even phase a descent building!!!

Build crap in an earthquake zone and don’t bitch when you get killed!!!!


7 posted on 09/27/2012 11:34:49 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Hunton Peck

Gee - And I thought the “someone, anyone, must be held to blame” virus was a particularly American legal disease!!!


8 posted on 09/27/2012 11:36:43 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: GeronL

LOL, thanks.

I missed that one.


9 posted on 09/27/2012 11:44:30 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: redgolum; windcliff; stylecouncilor

Where they once burned diviners, they now punish non-divination. How insane is that?


10 posted on 09/27/2012 11:50:24 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Hunton Peck
Hmm, this means we'll be seeing global warming alarmist trials in a few years, right?
11 posted on 09/27/2012 11:51:39 AM PDT by LaserJock
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To: Hunton Peck
"But prosecutors insist that the trial is not about predicting the unpredictable, according to Nature News. During closing arguments on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 24-25), the prosecution assistant told the courtroom that instead, the scientists and officials had inadequately assessed the risk of a quake and given deceptive information to the public."

Sorry but I don't see the distinction here. What's the difference in failing to predict the unpredictable and "inadequately assesing the risk of a quake"?

12 posted on 09/27/2012 11:55:03 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: LaserJock

Hmmm, let’s see, the guilty GW alarmists should be...burned at the stake!


13 posted on 09/27/2012 11:56:21 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Can the families of the embassy staff sue the state department for dismissing the danger of an attack?


14 posted on 09/27/2012 12:02:37 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Hunton Peck

I guess if you’re paid to predict earthquakes and you fail to predict them then its professional malpractice in the least.


15 posted on 09/27/2012 12:13:17 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Back in the days when even lawyers and judges were mostly sane people, malpractice required more than just an unfavorable outcome. Some failure to meet accepted practice standards was also necessary. Supposedly, that’s still a requirement in American courts.


16 posted on 09/27/2012 12:19:21 PM PDT by Hunton Peck ("Blasphemy" is to Islam as "swiftboating" is to Democrats: The speaking of truth to liars.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Lets see how the pols respond when scientists warn them to evacuate Naples because of the threat from the Potzzuoli super volcano...


17 posted on 09/27/2012 12:47:20 PM PDT by Kozak (The means of defence again.t foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home JM)
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To: Hunton Peck

And if they predict an earthquake and it doesn’t happen? Is that a crime too?
What’s really stupid is building again in the same place as the earthquake that just happened.
Certain areas are earthquake-prone, and there will be another earthquake, it’s just a matter of time.


18 posted on 09/27/2012 12:54:59 PM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: Hunton Peck

The french authorities blamed a mechanic for allegedly leaving a screw loose or some trivial thing that caused the Concord disaster.European “justice” has its fair share of scapegoats for all kinds of catastrophes.So yes there is an arbitrary and informal way of randomly charging somebody if things go to pot in Europe.

The problem with Italy and it is a beautiful country is that a lot of the buildings are old fashioned and they tend to collapse during big earthquakes.An entire town had to be abandoned after it became too unstable.


19 posted on 09/27/2012 1:05:00 PM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: redgolum

that’s nearly as silly as gubmint fining people for not buying a product.


20 posted on 10/22/2012 11:26:21 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Del Rapier

“The french authorities blamed a mechanic for allegedly leaving a screw loose or some trivial thing that caused the Concord disaster.”

Just to piggyback on your post:

Disasters involving human activity are rarely single-point-of-failure. Often it’s a question of inattentiveness, or failure to follow procedure. If a disaster comes down to a single screw then if nothing else it’s a design flaw that got past multiple reviews.


21 posted on 10/22/2012 12:43:05 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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