BREAKING: Six Italian scientists acquitted in earthquake trial

November 10, 2014 6:03 PM

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ROME—An appeals court has acquitted six of the seven scientists and engineers convicted of manslaughter for their role in the communication around the earthquake that struck the Italian town of L'Aquila in 2009 and killed 309 people. All six had been sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2012 in a case that triggered heated debates in Italy as well as international protests from scientists. The appeals court reduced the sentence of the seventh member of the group to 2 years in prison.

The seven took part in a meeting of Italy's National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks that was held in L'Aquila on 31 March 2009, 6 days before the fatal quake. The message emanating from that meeting to the public, according to the prosecution, was that the risk of an earth...

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