Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Protest the L'aquila earthquake verdict!

Shock and Law, Nature 490, 446 (25 October 2012):
“I’m not crazy. I know they can’t predict earthquakes,” the Italian public prosecutor Fabio Picuti told Nature last year. He was speaking as the manslaughter trial began in the ruined town of L’Aquila of six scientists and one government official for their alleged role in the deaths of 309 people in the quake of April 2009. On Monday evening, the seven were found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison. The verdict is perverse and the sentence ludicrous."
The verdict is indeed perverse. Already Italian scientists are quitting in protest.

I tip my hat to them, and I will be on the lookout for ways to support them.

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