October 22, 2012 In a verdict that sent shock waves through the scientific community, an Italian court convicted seven experts of manslaughter on Monday for failing to adequately warn residents of the risk before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009, killing more than 300 people. The defendants, all prominent scientists or geological and disaster experts, were sentenced to six years in prison. Earthquake experts worldwide decried the trial as ridiculous, contending there was no way of knowing that a flurry of tremors would lead to a deadly quake. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/7_italian_earthquake_experts_c.html My Comment: Even in our modern society, we still seek scapegoats after a tragic disaster. Earthquakes are not predictable by current scientific knowledge. But this is setting a dangerous precedent. I doubt seismologists will venture an opinion, let alone advice, from now on.