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People stand as the court in charge of the trial of six Italian scientists and a government official charged with manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in 2009 takes place for a session on October 22, 2012 in L'Aquila. The court will deliver the verdict later in the day in a case that has provoked outrage in the international scientific community, with some commentators warning that any convictions would dissuade other experts from sharing their expertise for fear of legal retribution. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

People stand as the court in charge of the trial of six Italian scientists and a government official charged with manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in 2009 takes place for a session on October 22, 2012 in L'Aquila. The court will deliver the verdict later in the day in a case that has provoked outrage in the international scientific community, with some commentators warning that any convictions would dissuade other experts from sharing their expertise for fear of legal retribution.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)