Science on Trial

An Italian judge convicted six scientists and a government official yesterday of manslaughter for their roles in incorrectly assessing the risk of a 2009 earthquake that killed 308 people in the Italian province of L'Aquila.

The judged sentenced the seven to six years in prison, which, as Nature notes, is two years more than the public prosecutor, Fabio Picuti, requested.

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