American geologists are closely watching the trial of six Italian scientists and one government official who have been charged with manslaughter for not warning the public enough about an impending earthquake in 2009 that killed over 300 people. Professor Adam Kolber assures though, speaking to LiveScience, that such a case would not go forward in the U.S. He explains that a manslaughter conviction would require proof the scientists knew their statements could directly cause someone's death. He adds, "To the extent that they're giving their scientific opinions, there's a First Amendment interest in protecting the speech."
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