Scientists on trial
Here are the headlines of two blogs by Italian scientists:
Piergiorgio Odifreddi in the Repubblica (http://odifreddi.blogautore.repubblica.it/) : Scienza o onniscienza?
Il tribunale dell’Aquila ha condannato a sei anni sette componenti della Commissione Grandi Rischi, rei di non aver previsto e annunciato il terremoto dell’Aquila.
Tommaso Dorigo in his blog http://www.science20.com/profile/tommaso_dorigo: 6 Years To Scientists Guilty Of Not Predicting Earthquakes.
Further, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) issued an open letter to Napolitano saying it was "unfair and naive" of local prosecutors to charge the scientists for failing "to alert the population of L'Aquila of an impending earthquake".
The problem with these quotes is that the scientists were not condemned for failing to predict an earthquake.
A much more accurate description of the affair is available in English in Nature at
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