Here’s a genuinely shocking, appalling, unbelievable story out of Italy.
On a somewhat analogous note:
Many, many years ago, when I was in a high school civics course of some kind, our class was dragged off to the Los Angeles County Courthouse, where we were obliged to listen to part of a trial. The one that was chosen for us concerned an alleged instance of medical malpractice in brain surgery.
A neurosurgeon was on the witness stand, and the plaintiff’s lawyer was badgering him to answer some question or other. I don’t recall what it was, but the neurosurgeon — who was an expert witness, not the defendant — kept responding that the present state of the relevant science didn’t permit him to give a confident either/or answer to the question. The attorney persisted, and then, eventually, the judge stepped in. He ordered the neurosurgeon to either answer the question Yes or No or face jail time for contempt of court. “But I can’t answer the question so simply or definitely,” the rather desperate neurosurgeon responded yet again.
Our class had to leave at that point, and I never heard what the upshot of that episode, or of the case as a whole, was. In any event, it left me very unimpressed. And, if I’m not mistaken, there was a news report several months later that somebody had firebombed the judge’s car. I can’t say that I found that altogether surprising. He struck me as a first class jerk.