Court verdicts that baffle us!

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ON 4 OCTOBER 2012, IN ITALY, 7 SEISMOLOGISTS WERE CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AND SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR FAILING TO PREDICT AN EARTHQUAKE.

NOW, IN FRANCE, A PSYCHIATRIST HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO A YEAR’S JAIL BUT HIS PATIENT, WHO KILLED AN OLD MAN, IS NOT HELD RESPONSIBLE AND SET FREE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION!

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“If a psychiatrist lives in fear of being sentenced, it will have very real consequences and probably lead to harsher treatment of patients,” said Canarelli’s lawyer, Sylvain Pontier.

French psychiatrist jailed after patient commits murder

by Jean-François Rosnoblet (Reuters)
inSing.com – 21 December 2012 11:14 AM | Updated 22 December 2012 4:43 PM

(MARSEILLES, FRANCE) A French psychiatrist whose patient hacked an elderly man to death was found guilty of manslaughter in a groundbreaking case that could affect the way patients are treated.

Gaillard hacked to death 80-year-old Germain Trabuc with an axe in March 2004 in Gap, in the Alps region of southeastern France, 20 days after fleeing a consultation with Canarelli at Marseilles’s Edouard Toulouse hospital.

*1 The psychiatrist, Daniele Canarelli, 58, was handed a one-year prison sentence and ordered to pay 8,500 euros (S$14,000) to the victim’s children on 18 December.

2*Gaillard, the killer, was not held responsible for his actions and was freed under medical supervision.

French psychiatrist jailed after patient commits murder

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ITALY: ON 4 OCTOBER 2012, 7 SEISMOLOGISTS WERE CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AND SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR FAILING TO PREDICT AN EARTHQUAKE.

Italian scientists resign over L’Aquila quake verdicts – CNN.comwww.cnn.com/2012/10/23/world/europe/italy-quake… – Cached

Two scientists resigned their posts with the government’s disaster preparedness agency Tuesday after a court in L’Aquila sentenced six scientists and a government official to six years in prison. The court ruled Monday that the scientists failed to accurately communicate the risk of the 2009 quake, which killed more than 300 people.

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Timeline

1 April 6, 2009: Powerful quake strikes L’Aquila, Italy, killing more than 300 people.

Powerful Earthquake in Italy Kills at Least 92

A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing more than 92 people and trapping many more, officials said.

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, arriving in L’Aquila hours after the quake, said the death toll was likely to rise as rescue crews clawed through the debris of fallen homes. Premier Silvio Berlusconi said 1,500 were injured.

About 100,000 people were homeless, L’Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente said. It was not clear if that estimate included surrounding towns. Some 10,000 to 15,000 buildings were either damaged or destroyed, officials said.

2 May 27, 2011: Scientists charged with manslaughter for failing to predict the natural disaster.

Italian government officials have accused the country’s top seismologist of manslaughter, after failing to predict a natural disaster that struck Italy in 2009, a massive devastating earthquake that killed 308 people.

3 Sept. 20, 2011: Trial begins as prosecutors call for “justice.”

A group of Italian scientists went on trial Tuesday for failing to predict an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in central Italy in 2009 despite signs of increased seismic activity in the area.

The seven defendants — six scientists and one government official — are accused of manslaughter in a case that some see as an unfair indictment of science.

4 Oct. 22, 2012: 7 scientists convicted of manslaughter.

L’AQUILA, Italy –  Defying assertions that earthquakes cannot be predicted, an Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before a temblor struck central Italy in 2009 and killed more than 300 people.

The court in L’Aquila Monday evening handed down six-year-prison sentences to the defendants, members of a national “Great Risks Commission.” In Italy, convictions aren’t definitive until after an appeals trial, so it is unlikely any of the defendants would face jail immediately.

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Tom Jordan, a seismologist with the University of Southern California (USC), “It’s widely viewed within the scientific community that this is an unfair result….We can’t predict earthquakes. We can only forecast them with low probability.”

Italian court convicts 7 scientists for failing to predict earthquake

Published October 22, 2012

FoxNews.com

L’AQUILA, Italy –  Defying assertions that earthquakes cannot be predicted, an Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before a temblor struck central Italy in 2009 and killed more than 300 people.

The court in L’Aquila Monday evening handed down six-year-prison sentences to the defendants, members of a national “Great Risks Commission.” In Italy, convictions aren’t definitive until after an appeals trial, so it is unlikely any of the defendants would face jail immediately.

The trial — described in 2011 by a USGS scientist as “a witch hunt” — sent shock waves of its own through the international science community.

“It’s a sad day for science,” said seismologist Susan Hough, of the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, Calif. `’It’s unsettling.”

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Among those convicted were some of Italy’s most prominent and internationally respected seismologists and geological experts, including Enzo Boschi, former head of the national Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
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“I consider myself innocent before God and men,” said another convicted defendant, Bernardo De Bernardinis, a former official of the national Civil Protection agency.

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