27/10/2012 11:59 BST

L'Aquila Trial: What The Seismologists Convicted Of Manslaughter Actually Said About The Earthquake

Earlier this week, an Italian judge summarily convicted seven participants in a meeting of the Italian Serious Risks Commission who evaluated the hazard posed by the L’Aquila earthquake swarm before the magnitude-6.3 earthquake on April 6, 2009, for the same offense and to the same penalty: six years in prison.

Much has been written about this court decision, but the very different roles played by the seven defendants and their different expertise has not been discussed. Is there no difference among the roles of the “L’Aquila Seven” in the communication disaster?