Hey kids...it's time for the Shittino the Clown Show!

soon we will hear the cretin Captaino Fuckesco Shittino utter his verbal diarrhea…I can hardly wait!

[B]Captain of wrecked cruise ship on trial in Italy[/B]


GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The trial of the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner began Tuesday in a theater converted into a courtroom in Tuscany to accommodate all the survivors and relatives of the 32 victims who want to see justice carried out in the 2012 tragedy, but the hearing was quickly postponed because of a nationwide strike by lawyers.

The sole defendant, Francesco Schettino, is charged with multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing the shipwreck near the island of Giglio. He slipped through a back door and did not speak to reporters as he arrived at the courtroom.

Judge Giovanni Puliatti adjourned the hearing until July 17 because of a strike by lawyers over a long-running dispute with the Justice Ministry over proposed reforms.

Schettino’s lawyer, Domenico Pepe, said that some 1,000 witnesses will be called to testify.

Many of the witnesses will be drawn from the 4,200 passengers and crew aboard the ship that struck a jagged reef off Giglio, took on water and capsized.

Schettino, depicting himself as a scapegoat, has denied wrongdoing.

One of the lawyers representing victims, Daniele Bocciolini, said what his clients wanted was simple. “We are asking for justice,” he told Sky TG24 TV, indicating frustration that only the captain was put on trial.

Schettino is the only defendant," but he is not the only one responsible," Bocciolini said. “There is still a need to shed light on what happened.”

Five other defendants successfully sought plea bargains, and their hearing will be held in Grosseto on July 20. Their sentences are expected to be far milder than the 20 years in prison Schettino might face if convicted.

The Concordia itself lies on its side and half-submerged off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, blighting the seascape for another summer in an otherwise pristine part of the Mediterranean.

Some 18 months after the hulking ship ran aground, it is a daily reminder of how slow the progress in dealing with the aftermath has been. The remains of two of the 32 dead have yet to be found. The timetable to salvage it has stretched on.

Although court-appointed experts concluded that the crew and owner Costa Crociere SpA, a unit of Miami-based Carnival Corp., committed blunders and safety breaches that contributed to the disaster off the island’s rocky coast, only Schettino was ordered to stand trial.

Prosecutors contend that on the night of Jan. 13, 2012, Schettino steered the ship too close to the island’s coastline in a publicity stunt for Costa Crociere and accidentally rammed the jagged reef. The cruise company denies that scenario.

Survivors described a chaotic and delayed evacuation, with crew allegedly downplaying the seriousness of the collision, which caused a gash 70 meters (230-feet) long in the Concordia’s side and let seawater rush into the ship.

Schettino has protested his innocence. He insists that his skillful steering of the liner to just outside the port saved thousands of lives. He also contends the ship’s navigational charts didn’t indicate the reef was in its path as it cruised near the island on part of a weeklong Mediterranean tour.

A recording of a phone conversation between Schettino and an exasperated Italian coast guard official who repeatedly ordered the captain in vain to scramble back aboard the ship to direct the evacuation was played again and again in broadcasts around the world.

In interviews, Schettino insisted he is no coward. He claimed he had to leave the capsizing boat before it was impossible to launch any more lifeboats and that in the darkness he didn’t see a ladder he could have used to climb back aboard.

On Giglio, where residents depend on tourism and fishing for their livelihoods, the wreckage still mars the panorama from the island’s port. Salvage experts had originally predicted the ship could be tipped upright in an ambitious operation so towing could begin in spring of this year. But that timetable has slipped away.

The removal project involves some 400 workers representing 18 nationalities, including engineers and divers. On Monday, crews were busy securing some of the caissons being attached to one side of the crippled ship, which, the planners hope, will help the wreckage stay afloat when eventually righted so it can be towed to the mainland.

Islanders are impatient for the removal of the eyesore.

“We want our island back as it was,” Giglio’s mayor, Sergio Ortelli, told The Associated Press as he looked at the blue cove where he used to swim. Now, towering cranes and platforms of the removal team loom over the shipwreck.

Ortelli said authorities told the islanders the operation will begin in September to bring the wrecked ship upright again.

The island is still awaiting compensation for damages caused by the shipwreck, he said. “Our image was internationally damaged, and tourism figures have dropped off noticeably,” the mayor said.

Meanwhile, the remains of an Italian woman who was a passenger and of an Indian man who worked as a waiter have still not been recovered.

“The saddest thing is to pass by on the ferry and think that two bodies are still there, or will never be found,” said tourist Patrizia Giovanelli, who was making her second visit to the island.


Frances D’Emilio reported from Rome

Sonufabitchi…goddamned lawyer are on strike! Now we have to wait another week or more before we get to see justice in action!

I thought his name was Schmuckatelli.

Yeah, I was beginning to wonder when he would rot in prison…If he gets convicted.

What does the IMO, 911 truthers and ship design have in common? Aw, jeez, I gotta quit drinking’.


Speaking of shit,

where’s a good place to eat near Sand Point?

[QUOTE=catherder;114694]Speaking of shit,

where’s a good place to eat near Sand Point?[/QUOTE]

Sand Point, Alaska? :slight_smile:

[QUOTE=catherder;114694]Speaking of shit,

where’s a good place to eat near Sand Point?[/QUOTE]

There isn’t any thing in walking distance. There’s the Burgermaster on 45th by the U Village but then, I never thought they were masters at making burgers. They’re ok but expensive.

Thanks. I figured I’d need a ride. Some of the guys have their vehicles. When we shift there we will be there till the end of the month.

Seattle. We are at lake union dry dock till next week

Go to the bravehorse in south lake union

No, this is Schmuckatelli:


[B]Trial of Costa Concordia Captain Resumes in Italy, New Plea Deal Sought [/B]

July 17, 2013 By MarEx

Lawyers for Francesco Schettino, captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, will again request a plea deal in a trial over the disaster in which 32 people died, his defence said on Wednesday.

Schettino faces charges including manslaughter and causing the loss of his ship in the accident in January 2012 when the huge liner struck a rock off the picturesque island of Giglio and keeled onto its side, setting off a chaotic night evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew.

Defence lawyer Donato Laino told reporters Schettino would offer to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of three years and five months, which would allow the complex trial to be resolved more quickly. A previous offer to serve three years and four months was rejected in May.

Five other officials - four ship’s officers and the crisis coordinator of the vessel’s owners, Costa Cruises - were allowed to present plea bargains for more lenient sentences, with a ruling expected on July 20.

Schettino’s lawyers at the trial, which resumed on Wednesday in the town of Grosseto on Italy’s west coast after a delay due to a lawyers’ strike earlier this month, said he was not the only one to blame for the disaster.

“He has never shied away from his responsibilities. But it is only fair that he is treated justly,” another defence lawyer, Francesco Pepe, told reporters outside the courthouse.

“He was the captain, it is right that for certain things he should be the point of reference. But it is not right to blame him for responsibilities that he did not have,” he added.

Schettino, 52, is accused of abandoning ship before all crew and passengers had been rescued.

His lawyers argue that he prevented an even worse disaster by steering the 290 metre (950 foot) vessel into shallow waters after the impact and that he was thrown overboard due to the angle of the leaning ship.

“We expect that right from the first we will finally get to the bottom of things and finally understand what really happened that night,” Pepe said.

The trial began on July 9 but was immediately suspended because lawyers involved were taking part in a nationwide strike against measures to streamline civil trials.


Wednesday’s hearing is expected to focus on requests by various people and institutions including Costa Crociere Spa and the Italian Environment Ministry, who wish to be represented as plaintiffs, before the main arguments begin later in the week.

They include Domnica Cemortan, a young Moldovan woman who was at the time a friend of Schettino and was on the liner’s bridge when the collision occurred. Prosecutors plan to call her as a witness.

“I hope the truth will come out and the guilty are found responsible for this accident,” Cemortan told reporters outside the court. “I’m a passenger like the others.”

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp , agreed to pay a 1 million euro ($1.29 million) fine to settle potential criminal charges in April. That means that for now Schettino is the only person facing trial.

But Daniele Bocciolini, a lawyer representing victims, said last week he hoped investigations would show that the trial should be widened to include all those responsible.

As the court proceedings got under way, salvagers said they hoped to pull the vessel upright in September despite risks that it could break up.

Senior salvage master Nicholas Sloane said he expected some of the “minor structural elements” of the ship could collapse.

“There will be a lot of deformation,” he said. “It’s almost like a body with a spinal injury, you need to support the neck as she rolls over.”

Copyright Reuters 2013.


He’s too good for the chickens.

[QUOTE=catherder;115034]He’s too good for the chickens.[/QUOTE]

au contraire mon belle…I think the chickens would die of toxic poisoning!

5 convicted in deadly shipwreck

[QUOTE=tugboatchief;115129]5 convicted in deadly shipwreck

here’s the text of that piece:

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — An Italian court has accepted plea bargains for five Costa Crociere employees in the shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers, convicting all of multiple manslaughter and negligence.

The court in Grosseto on Saturday handed down the highest sentence to the crisis coordinator for Costa Crociere, Roberto Ferranini, who was sentenced to two years and 10 months. The ship’s hotel director was sentenced to two years and six months while two bridge officers and a helmsman got sentences ranging from one year and eight months to one year and 11 months.

The plea bargains were handled separately from the trial of Costa Concordia captain, who is charged with manslaughter for causing the January 2012 shipwreck of the Tuscan island of Giglio and abandoning the vessel with thousands aboard.

I hope each and every one of these people turns into a flaming blowtorch on their beloved master and burn him alive in court! There is something about this Clown Turdesco Shittino that places him in the Pantheon of Craven fools like Paul Watson and Bruce Ismay that makes me for one want to see him turn on a public spit over a very hot open flame! He knows he is dead but is desperately trying to avoid dying the horrible painful death he so rightly deserves hence the attempts at a plea deal now where there is no trial. I pray the prosecutors are turning a very deaf ear to his miserable howlings!


Interesting perspective of the damage… Hope he has his day in court, f’ing idiot!