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Concordia prosecutor to request Schettino's sentencing

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Grosseto, January 26 - Closing arguments in the
Costa Concordia trial entered their third and final day on
Monday, when prosecutor Stefano Pizza will request sentencing
for Francesco Schettino, captain of the vessel that shipwrecked
in January 2012, killing 32 people.
In his closing arguments on Monday morning, Pizza said
legal doctrine defines an "able idiot" as someone who "thinks
he's capable but provokes a dangerous situation and causes
damage" and an "incautious optimist" as someone who
"optimistically overestimates his abilities" and that Schettino
embodies both definitions, and he could be classified as an
"incautious idiot".
Pizza recited a laundry list of charges against Schettino,
stating that the captain's actions constituted "monstrously
gross negligence".
Schettino abandoned the sinking ship before all passengers
had left the vessel, a crime in both nautical tradition and law,
Pizza said.
"The captain's duty to abandon ship last isn't just an
obligation dictated by ancient maritime tradition, but is also a
legal obligation designed to minimize injuries," Pizza said.

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