He very obviously isn't, but my specific question was in referral of how much he was responsible for since losing the Life Gem and how many crimes of the Medici would have been laid at the feet of others in the mafia instead of Lorenzo.
The thing is, he lost the Life Gem very recently...
Though, I believe that Lorenzo is innocent, when it comes to the murder of Filia's family, or maybe even Carol's disappearance. At least, he doesn't seem to have a motivation for doing it.
He's still guilty of having them slaughtered, but it's not as if his action was unprovoked (which is the wrong word, but I can't think of a more fitting one. From his perspective, he was making a preemptive strike).
Considering the situation, he always had an upper hand on Squigly's family. Dahlia outright calls them Lorenzo's "pretty caged birds".
Basically, he ordered the murder of the people he previously abused.
Blackmailing Eliza is hardly a crime when you recall that Eliza is just as bad, if not worse, than even he is.
Yes, and they were trying to force her to make the dirty work for them. Not really a good thing to do.
They were "tricked" by Double (well, not even technically tricked since Double told them Selene has the Skull Heart, and she did have the Skull Heart)
To think about it, the only person that was tricked there is Selene (and her family, by extension).
Making the Medicis attacking her after that was pretty natural.
It was also Dahlia who killed the Fishbone Gang, not Lorenzo
Well, he didn't kill the Contiellos personally, too...
Dahlia is essentially a glorified "hired gun" to Lorenzo. The order clearly came from him.
But yeah, I think the point is Lorenzo is an interesting villain, with complex motivations. (Although most of these are still implied rather than outright confirmed so it remains to be seen how he will be portrayed in future stories.) There are definitely worse people in the SG story than Lorenzo, but that doesn't make his evil actions better.
He is definitely an interesting case of an antagonist, and I would like to see more of him.
There's just so much lore here.
If someone keeps an assassin on payroll with the intention of having that assassin assassinate people
It sounds almost poetic...