Posted on February 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
We’re not sure what the record is for least timely exoneration.
But even if a new effort to clear Dante Alighieri’s name isn’t a record, it’s still quite the delayed reaction.
The Guardian reports that one of his descendants — astrophysicist Sperello di Serego Alighieri — and a law professor are working to overturn Dante’s 1302 conviction of corruption.
Italian law, according to the newspaper Corriere Della Sera, puts no restrictions on requesting that a legal judgment be reversed based on new evidence, and heirs of the accused are welcome to press their cases.
The formal process to clear Dante’s name will begin in May — and a descendant of the official who convicted Dante will take part in it.
Dante earned his literary fame for the epic poem La divina commedia (The Divine Comedy); his choice to write it in an Italian dialect versus Latin has given him the unofficial title of the father of the Italian language.
For more on Dante’s long-ago legal woes, head to the Guardian.
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