In addition to the absurdity of the case at all, there are a couple other things that bother me a lot about this:
1) the prosecution asked for 4 year sentences. The judge upped it to 6 years. How often does a judge go beyond the prosecution's requested sentence?
2) this was held in the town that got devastated by the quake. What are the chances that they'd get a fair trial?
Somehow they've successfully alienated the scientific community and made their own judicial system look like a joke at the same time. If I was a scientist on any government advisory committee in Italy, I'd be stepping down right about now.