It has been 18 months since the Costa Concordia accident which claimed the lives of 32 people off the coast of Giglio, Italy. After pre-trial activities completed, including plea bargains for Costa Cruise Line, Captain Francesco Schettino arrived at the temporary "court house" in Grosseto, Tuscany ready for his day in court.
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As is customary in Europe, approaching labor strikes are pre-announced. As anticipated a nationwide Lawyers Strike, scheduled to start today, caused a delay in the Costa Concordia trial. The judge had no choice but to delay the trial until July 17th.
Upset lawyers had called for a strike after the Prime Minister passed a decree attempting to streamline jury trials. The PM accused the lawyers of blocking reforms.
We have been covering the entire Costa Concordia accident, including the cleanup and legal proceedings. For complete details, see our anchor article: Costa Concordia Listing after Deadly Accident
Meanwhile, salvage operations continue. It is now expected that the parbuckling project can be completed by early September, 2013. See our article: Costa Concordia Salvage Begins