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Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992$
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Maurice Finocchiaro

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242616

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242616.001.0001

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A Miscarriage of Justice?

A Miscarriage of Justice?

The Documentation of Impropriety (1867–1879)

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(p.241) Chapter 12 A Miscarriage of Justice?
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Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992
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Maurice A. Finocchiaro

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242616.003.0013

Emil Wohlwill's claim of the legal impropriety of the special injunction was powerful, solid, and well argued, whereas his forgery thesis was highly speculative. Silvestro Gherardi was inclined to believe that the special-injunction transcript was a forgery, and was aware that he had no direct evidence. Vincenzo Maculano da Firenzuola said that, in light of Galileo's denials in the first deposition, he had obtained permission from the cardinal-inquisitors to engage in out-of-court negotiations with the defendant. Scartazzini suggested that his arguments can be made more comprehensible if one constructs for oneself a kind of replica of the file out of folded sheets of paper bundled as described by Karl von Gebler. Gebler's account represented a convincing confirmation and important refinement of Wohlwill's radically revisionist thesis of legal impropriety, but also an elegant refutation of Wohlwill's and Scartazzini's forgery theses.

Keywords:   Emil Wohlwill, Silvestro Gherardi, Vincenzo Maculano da Firenzuola, Galileo, Scartazzini, Karl von Gebler, legal impropriety, forgery theses

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