5 Costa Concordia Workers Guilty in Wreck: Court
But they may not face jail
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 file photo, an Italian firefighter is lowered from a helicopter onto the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)

(Newser) – Five Costa employees have been found guilty of manslaughter, negligence, and shipwreck in last year's Concordia disaster. Four crew members and the crisis-response director have been sentenced to prison terms between 18 months and two years and 10 months, the BBC reports, but they're unlikely actually to serve time, Reuters notes: The shorter sentences were suspended, while those longer than two years may be appealed or changed to community service. "What will the families of the victims think? This is truly disappointing," says a lawyer for the wreck's victims. Ship captain Francesco Schettino is still on trial. His lawyers this week proposed a guilty plea in exchange for a sentence of three years and five months, Reuters reports.

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fractal
Jul 20, 2013 4:20 PM CDT
It was an Italian court that did this. Italy's politics and justice system appear to be nothing but a series of bribes.
Who_Cares
Jul 20, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
That's the European justice for the victims. Liberal Europeans (that's where we are heading) don't want anyone in jail couple of years for rape. Between five to twenty for murder, it's a great Continent to be when you criminal not the vicitim. I hope we will never turn into them.
crankydude
Jul 20, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
It seems the cruise line and its executives are not being prosecuted while this is taken out of the hides of working people. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2366721/Francesco-Schettino-trial-Moldovan-dancer-Domnica-Cemortan-court-support-Costa-Concordia-captain.html reported "Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp,agreed to pay a 1 million euro (£865,130) fine to settle potential criminal charges in April." This incident began before the captain abandoned any one. It began with the manner of operation of the ship. I fail to see how his individual dereliction after that point is causally responsible beyond a reasonable doubt for any death. Given his assistance after that event would all these people have lived? Really! Stop this perennial phenomenon of targeting the lowest echelon and not the callous, cunning murderers who profit grandly from poor training, poor designs, poor materials, ignoring warnings and giving irrational orders to wage earning employees. According to http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/07/17/francesco_schettino_costa_concordia_wreck_when_is_it_appropriate.html "the prosecution alleges that he knowingly steered the Costa Concordia into unsafe waters as part of a publicity stunt for the cruise line". It is easy to hate this guy after the fact. But, if he was made to do this by his employer then a necessary defendant got off easy while prosecutors refused to reach a plea deal with this guy. (see the dailymail report)