Wow! Those Romans/Italians can sure be hard on scientists, criminalizing their good work and actually convicting them of crimes both coming and going.
First, way back in 1633, the Roman Catholic Church convicted Galileo Galilei of heresy for his support of the Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe (for going too far in his scientific thinking and saying too much about it in public).
And now Italy has convicted seven seismologists and geological experts for failing to predict a disastrous earthquake (for not going far enough in applying theoretical science to the real world and not giving adequate public warning about it).
"Italian court convicts 7 scientists for failing to predict earthquake"
Seems Italian scientists are "damned if they do and damned if they don't."