Can't Fault Rep. O'Rourke In Woman's ...

Can't Fault Rep. O'Rourke In Woman's Tragic Death

There are 58 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jun 18, 2009, titled Can't Fault Rep. O'Rourke In Woman's Tragic Death. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Although "woulda-coulda-shoulda" is a fool's game, it must haunt state Rep. James O'Rourke. Had he waited a few more minutes on that cold January night at the bar in Cromwell, the police would have come and taken Carol Sinisgalli away.

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luxxx

Wethersfield, CT

#23 Jun 19, 2009
I know Jim O'Rouke, like him, and feel bad for him about this event, but this is one of the most pathetic, apologist pieces of "writing" I have ever read
Really

Newington, CT

#24 Jun 19, 2009
Wow, noce "spin" on that report.
Now please tell me who the second set of footprints that followed Carol' Sinsingalli's footprints in the snow and then looped back to Laurel Road belonged to?? Was there also a bigfoot or a yedi out there in the 14 degree temps that night??
Then please tell me who else was there in a vehicle down the end of Laurel Road at 12:25AM that was caught on video camera?? How many cars or people would really be parking there at the same time on a night where the temp was 14 degrees??
Here's what I read in that report; O'Rourke left with Ms. Sinsigalli from Diggers even though he knew the police had been called. There was only a 4 minute time span from the time the police were call till there arrival at Diggers. Seems to me that O'Rourke high-tailed it out of there pretty darned quickly!! Why?? Why did he leave with her?? 4 minutes!!!
The second set of footprints and video evidence that there was a car at the dead end of Laurel Road tells me that O'Rourke absolutely lied about where Ms. Sinsigalli exited his car. Why lie if you have nothing to hide?? He followed her in the snow and looped back to his car knowing how cold it was and left her there to die. He never called 911?? Why?? He knew he was not near a condo complex or homes but he left her anyway! How convenient that he didn't call the police until the next day when any drugs or alcohol would be out of his system and how convenient that Ms. Sinsigalli is not with us anymore to tell us her side of the story.
O'Rourke got lucky. The only true witness is dead and can no longer talk and they could not conclusively prove the second set of footprints were his or that the car in the video tape was his. O'Rourke got lucky...
Stratford

Newington, CT

#25 Jun 19, 2009
There's more at play here than most of you think. While I believe Mr. O'Rourke didn't do anything wrong that evening other than show poor judgement, the prosecutor has all the evidence in the case and obviously thought that they could not secure a conviction with what they had.

No reason to waste taxpayer dollars to prove a point.
Really

Newington, CT

#26 Jun 19, 2009
Emergency services wrote:
Mr. O'Rourke was literally surrounded by RHPD and RHFD facilities where he could have dropped her off. He chose not to. Usually poor, clouded judgement doesn't result in death. In this case it did.Mr. O'Rourke hang your head in shame!
Five minutes if that from the Police Department and less than 2 minutes from the Fire Department where a paid paramedic was on duty!!

Still think theres no reason to believe she would not have been found before she froze to death????

2-5 minutes from lifesaving help if only O'Rourke had called 911....
She even left the trail of footprint clues in the snow... a clear trail to find her.... if only...
not so hard to locate

Seymour, CT

#27 Jun 19, 2009
The editorial states in part, " the report notes there is no indication the police would have found her". The "report" referred to here is not the police report, but rather the "report" that Prosecutor Scott Murphy wrote as an attempt to justify his failure to sign the warrant application.
It is totally incorrect to state that the police would not have found her had O'Rourke called them when Sinisgalli ran from his car. The RHPD personnel would have located her quickly and she would be alive today. Here is how she would have been located:
The newer RHPD patrol vehicles are equipped with an infra red device that is mounted on top of the standard searchlight. When the infra red device is turned on the spotlight does not emit any light but rather detects warmth on whatever surface it is aimed at. For example, it picks up footprints on a road or on any surface. Those images are then sent to the in car computer portion of the device and are clearly displayed on the screen in the car. The officer literally sees the prints, usually appearing as lightly colored, against the darker background of the road. It also works on snow or any surface. Any arriving officer could simply have directed the infra red beam onto the area O'Rourke last saw the deceased Sinisgalli and once the prints were found he would just follow them. They probably would have located her on the road even before she entered the snowy field. If not they would at least have seen exactly where she entered the field and could have followed her footprints on foot. They do carry flashlights.
Second, the RHPD has two dogs. Both of them are trained trackers. And even if they were not available, which they were; another agency could have provided a dog within minutes.
So, contrary to what the "prosecutor" "Scotty" Murphy may say in an attempt to mitigate his own lack of resolve or perhaps his fear of losing his long awaited Judgeship, the RHPD would have located her very quickly. However, because O'Rourke refused to alert them to Sinisgalli's fleeing from his car she was doomed by him to die a slow and painful death.
All O'Rourke had to do was make a single call to the RHPD. O'Rourke choose not to do that. Apparently he found himself in what he considered an embarrasing situation. He weighed his potential embarrasment against her life. His potential embarrasment won out and he left her to die.
Scott Murphy also did a balancing act. He considered his future Judge chances against pursuing justice by signing the warrant. Sometime in the next year or so Judge Murphy will be donning his judicial robes.
Cromhell on the Styx

AOL

#28 Jun 19, 2009
Stratford wrote:
There's more at play here than most of you think. While I believe Mr. O'Rourke didn't do anything wrong that evening other than show poor judgement, the prosecutor has all the evidence in the case and obviously thought that they could not secure a conviction with what they had.
No reason to waste taxpayer dollars to prove a point.
The investigation should have been conducted by the Cromwell Police.Chief Salvatore is used to wasting ten of thousands of taxpayers money.We have 5 detectives ,a police commission that is solely a bunch of rubber stampers,led by Mr. Rubber Stamp himself Richard Newton, and townsfolk who are really enthusiastic about witchhunts.Oh, I forget, O'Rourke can do no wrong in Cromhell and has now become one of Chief Salvatore's groupies.
Litigate

Wethersfield, CT

#29 Jun 19, 2009
A civil suit will soon be brought. I can smell it.
Really

Newington, CT

#30 Jun 19, 2009
not so hard to locate wrote:
The editorial states in part, " the report notes there is no indication the police would have found her". The "report" referred to here is not the police report, but rather the "report" that Prosecutor Scott Murphy wrote as an attempt to justify his failure to sign the warrant application.
It is totally incorrect to state that the police would not have found her had O'Rourke called them when Sinisgalli ran from his car. The RHPD personnel would have located her quickly and she would be alive today. Here is how she would have been located:
The newer RHPD patrol vehicles are equipped with an infra red device that is mounted on top of the standard searchlight. When the infra red device is turned on the spotlight does not emit any light but rather detects warmth on whatever surface it is aimed at. For example, it picks up footprints on a road or on any surface. Those images are then sent to the in car computer portion of the device and are clearly displayed on the screen in the car. The officer literally sees the prints, usually appearing as lightly colored, against the darker background of the road. It also works on snow or any surface. Any arriving officer could simply have directed the infra red beam onto the area O'Rourke last saw the deceased Sinisgalli and once the prints were found he would just follow them. They probably would have located her on the road even before she entered the snowy field. If not they would at least have seen exactly where she entered the field and could have followed her footprints on foot. They do carry flashlights.
Second, the RHPD has two dogs. Both of them are trained trackers. And even if they were not available, which they were; another agency could have provided a dog within minutes.
So, contrary to what the "prosecutor" "Scotty" Murphy may say in an attempt to mitigate his own lack of resolve or perhaps his fear of losing his long awaited Judgeship, the RHPD would have located her very quickly. However, because O'Rourke refused to alert them to Sinisgalli's fleeing from his car she was doomed by him to die a slow and painful death.
All O'Rourke had to do was make a single call to the RHPD. O'Rourke choose not to do that. Apparently he found himself in what he considered an embarrasing situation. He weighed his potential embarrasment against her life. His potential embarrasment won out and he left her to die.
Scott Murphy also did a balancing act. He considered his future Judge chances against pursuing justice by signing the warrant. Sometime in the next year or so Judge Murphy will be donning his judicial robes.
ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOU!!
Of course

East Berlin, CT

#31 Jun 19, 2009
....we need to remember that this is only HIS account, since dead people can't speak.

I'm surprised the Courant decided to print an editorial supporting this guy. He seems questionable at best.
Maggie

East Hartford, CT

#33 Jun 19, 2009
Got away with murder. Rediculious!He shoud be ashamed of himself. I hope he remembers that night for the rest of his life. Because she can not speak for herself. Sad.
Lawyer

United States

#34 Jun 19, 2009
Even if you believe O'Rourke's story, he admitted to the following:

1. Assisting a criminal in escaping the scene of a crime, when he knew the police were on the way.

2. He chose to transport an intoxicated, irrational woman. Once he did that, he accepted responsibility for her, just as any driver has responsibility for a passenger. When she ran out of the car and jumped over a snowbank in sub-freezing weather, he knew she was in danger. She was placed in greater danger because he drove her there. That makes him liable, and because the danger was so extreme, and so obvious, that makes him criminally liable. The law does not require that he run after her, just that he do something reasonable, like use his cell phone to call the police, who were already looking for her. His failure to do even that makes him liable.

This is based just on his version of the facts, without even getting into the evidence of other footprints or the video showing a car near to where she was. Those facts should have been presented to a jury to decide.

Under any unbiased reading of CT criminal law, he should be prosecuted for criminally negligent homicide. This is the law, or at least that is the law for the average person. Clearly, there is a different set of laws for people like James O'Rourke, D-Cromwell.
ORourke is SCUM

Peterborough, NH

#35 Jun 19, 2009
not so hard to locate wrote:
The editorial states in part, " the report notes there is no indication the police would have found her". The "report" referred to here is not the police report, but rather the "report" that Prosecutor Scott Murphy wrote as an attempt to justify his failure to sign the warrant application.
It is totally incorrect to state that the police would not have found her had O'Rourke called them when Sinisgalli ran from his car. The RHPD personnel would have located her quickly and she would be alive today. Here is how she would have been located:
The newer RHPD patrol vehicles are equipped with an infra red device that is mounted on top of the standard searchlight. When the infra red device is turned on the spotlight does not emit any light but rather detects warmth on whatever surface it is aimed at. For example, it picks up footprints on a road or on any surface. Those images are then sent to the in car computer portion of the device and are clearly displayed on the screen in the car. The officer literally sees the prints, usually appearing as lightly colored, against the darker background of the road. It also works on snow or any surface. Any arriving officer could simply have directed the infra red beam onto the area O'Rourke last saw the deceased Sinisgalli and once the prints were found he would just follow them. They probably would have located her on the road even before she entered the snowy field. If not they would at least have seen exactly where she entered the field and could have followed her footprints on foot. They do carry flashlights.
Second, the RHPD has two dogs. Both of them are trained trackers. And even if they were not available, which they were; another agency could have provided a dog within minutes.
So, contrary to what the "prosecutor" "Scotty" Murphy may say in an attempt to mitigate his own lack of resolve or perhaps his fear of losing his long awaited Judgeship, the RHPD would have located her very quickly. However, because O'Rourke refused to alert them to Sinisgalli's fleeing from his car she was doomed by him to die a slow and painful death.
All O'Rourke had to do was make a single call to the RHPD. O'Rourke choose not to do that. Apparently he found himself in what he considered an embarrasing situation. He weighed his potential embarrasment against her life. His potential embarrasment won out and he left her to die.
Scott Murphy also did a balancing act. He considered his future Judge chances against pursuing justice by signing the warrant. Sometime in the next year or so Judge Murphy will be donning his judicial robes.
He left a woman to die. A Lawyer covered it all up from the States Attorney's office. Sickening.
Amused

Morris, CT

#36 Jun 19, 2009
All of you right-wing nuts who have been revelling at this poor woman's death and O'Rourke's misfortune are now heartbroken. O'Rourke is vindicated. GOP spokespigs such as Dan Lovallo and Chris Healy, who basically called O'Rourke a murderer before any facts were in, owe him an apology. Of course, it won't be coming. They don't have enough class to do so. They are still licking their wounds because O'Rourke helped bring down their right-wing, ultra-corrupt meal ticket - John Rowland.
ORourke is SCUM

Peterborough, NH

#37 Jun 19, 2009
Cromhell on the Styx wrote:
<quoted text>The investigation should have been conducted by the Cromwell Police.Chief Salvatore is used to wasting ten of thousands of taxpayers money.We have 5 detectives ,a police commission that is solely a bunch of rubber stampers,led by Mr. Rubber Stamp himself Richard Newton, and townsfolk who are really enthusiastic about witchhunts.Oh, I forget, O'Rourke can do no wrong in Cromhell and has now become one of Chief Salvatore's groupies.
It sounds like corrupt local police chiefs and lawyers are taking over the state. Where the hell is Blumenthal and the State Police? This is a travesty.
Judge Murphy

Seymour, CT

#38 Jun 19, 2009
Lawyer wrote:
Even if you believe O'Rourke's story, he admitted to the following:
1. Assisting a criminal in escaping the scene of a crime, when he knew the police were on the way.
2. He chose to transport an intoxicated, irrational woman. Once he did that, he accepted responsibility for her, just as any driver has responsibility for a passenger. When she ran out of the car and jumped over a snowbank in sub-freezing weather, he knew she was in danger. She was placed in greater danger because he drove her there. That makes him liable, and because the danger was so extreme, and so obvious, that makes him criminally liable. The law does not require that he run after her, just that he do something reasonable, like use his cell phone to call the police, who were already looking for her. His failure to do even that makes him liable.
This is based just on his version of the facts, without even getting into the evidence of other footprints or the video showing a car near to where she was. Those facts should have been presented to a jury to decide.
Under any unbiased reading of CT criminal law, he should be prosecuted for criminally negligent homicide. This is the law, or at least that is the law for the average person. Clearly, there is a different set of laws for people like James O'Rourke, D-Cromwell.
This is the very case that the RHPD put together and presented to Scott Murphy after conducting a three month investigation. After a two month review of the warrant application he decides to let O'Rourke get away with what he did. O'Rourke considered it better that she be dead than he get embarrased by calling the police and having it public knowledge that he was with her. Likewise Scott Murphy considered it better that he keep his options open for becoming a Judge rather than pursuing justice. Murphy can now join the team of legal luminaries such as Curtessa Cofield.
lisa simpson

Seymour, CT

#39 Jun 19, 2009
And whats the deal with the Cromwell police? O'Rourke transported this woman from the scene of her crimes at the bar when he knew the Cromwell police were coming for her.
In the movies as well as real life this is called, "Being the getaway driver". So wheelman Jim, the getaway driver, interfered with the Cromwell police departments investigation of the events at the bar by driving her from the scene. In Connecticut law that is called "Interference with Police". It is also a class A Misdemeanor. The same as the Negligent Homicide he has now gotten away with.
Hey Cromwell Police can you get with the program here? The guy committed a crime in Cromwell too!!!
Don't leave all the "heavy lifting" with RHPD. Can you look into this or will the highly political police chief prevent it?
For Justice

Kuna, ID

#40 Jun 19, 2009
Following O'Rourkes lead,we can help those who commit crimes get away and not be held accountable. Now if this guy was a Republican the Courant would be all over him calling for jail time.
Dr Hibbert

Seymour, CT

#41 Jun 19, 2009
Amused wrote:
All of you right-wing nuts who have been revelling at this poor woman's death and O'Rourke's misfortune are now heartbroken. O'Rourke is vindicated. GOP spokespigs such as Dan Lovallo and Chris Healy, who basically called O'Rourke a murderer before any facts were in, owe him an apology. Of course, it won't be coming. They don't have enough class to do so. They are still licking their wounds because O'Rourke helped bring down their right-wing, ultra-corrupt meal ticket - John Rowland.
Its very clear that someone here posting as "amused" is off their usual medication.
"Amused" needs psychiatric help. He needs more than he can find here. He needs a team of psychiatrists. He actually should jet off to Vienna where it all started and locate such team. He is actually "amused" at the cruel death this woman suffered. He is the one "revelling" in her death. And he does so for the most base of reasons; politics. "amused" needs to come out of that building blocks fort he has built under his bed and jet off to Vienna.
Red_Rodeo

United States

#42 Jun 19, 2009
Do you know the facts of the case? Cromwell police left because no one wanted to press charges against her. Why should the police be responsible for a women thay thought was getting a ride home. Does no one think of the family that she left behind? What if she where your sister? Would you want her dirty laundry aired in this way.
Cromwell Police MIA wrote:
Why didn't the Cromwell Police Dept. question him about aiding a potential fugitive. The Cromwell police knew that O'Rourke was the one with whom she left. She had assaulted a patron of the bar and the police were called to arrest her. Why did O'Rourke escort her home? Was it as a favor to her cousin Cardillo.Why is the CPD protecting O'Rourke and Cardillo?
Anonymous

United States

#43 Jun 19, 2009
Patricia Gilbert wrote:
Thank you for a very fair editorial...Andy Bauer is correct in his last statement. Cowards hide behind fake or incomplete names.
Hey Patricia and Andy, good point. Perhaps the writer of this opinion article should also state his name. Perhaps the writer of the opinion article is in bed with the the crooks who let this piece of scum back out on the streets.

This is a great point indeed. Why would people post anonymously? Could it be perhaps that they'd be targeted by the very blatant decision makers that let this criminal back out on the streets? Excellent point. Perhaps this should be an issue which should be addressed. Let's start by forcing the Courant's opinion staffers to put their names to their opinions.

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