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

Full story: Hartford Courant

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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What a bunch of partisan hacks you all are. If O'Rourke were a Republican, all you partisan hacks would be up here commenting about the woman's personal responsibility to her self and how he's not responsible for her irresponsible actions. What a bunch of partisan hacks you all are.
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We knew 30 years ago that politicians were the scum of the earth. The best thing Watergate did was blow the roof off of that.

This guy is no different!
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... for he's a jolly good fellow ...
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Does O'Rourke plan to run for State Rep again in 2010? Will Tony V, Darlene, Sharon, and the comedy crew of Cromwell be supporting him? I hope there's a new Democrat ready to run against him or the republican will get my vote.
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Can't support him anymore.he will bring all the cronwell dems down.he is a drunk an all who know him know it.
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Chris Dodd wrote:
If O'Porkroast was worried about calling the police and getting nabbed for DUI, he could have at the very least tipped the PD off about seeing this woman and done it anonymously.
Trouble is, with cell phones if you make the call they will find out it was you.
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O'Rourke is a dork and yes he got off scott free.

Thanks for another coverup by the crooked politicians and judges in Corrupticut.
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Nobody moves a muscle in Cromwell with out my sayso. F the Hatch Act. I own this town. Vote O'Cork 2010:)
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Milt Friedman wrote:
Well, papers like the Courant have been endorsing Ted Kennedy for re-election for 35 years so this is not really surprising.
O'Rourke failed to use his cell phone to call the police because he thought he wouldn;t have to explain his circumstances at the time. Does the Courant consider the rather obvious inference that after leaving a bar late at night that Rep. O' Rourke had another reason not to "be thinking clearly"?
Well this story is out of the Ted Kennedy scrapbook, so why be surprised at the Courants attitude.
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"But as the report notes, there is no indication the police would have found her......"
I should hope that the police could find her!! Tracking barefoot footprints in the snow would be fairly simple, I'd imagine!!
Isn't this indicative of a state legislator -- only concerned about his own ass?
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>>>Mr. O'Rourke left through a rear door in the hope of avoiding the woman, but she saw him, ran to his car and clambered into the back seat. He agreed to take her home ...<<<

This is the kind of situation in which parents offer sound advice to their teens. The operating principe is that if you're the driver, you're the captain of the ship. Your responsibilities may not be ignored, delegated or compromised. In this case, if you're able, you firmly grip the person's collar, haul them out of the car, close the door and drive away. If that option would pose a risk to you, use your cell phone to call police. Remain in the area, but don't converse with the miscreant.
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Since when does the Courant's Editorial Board have the authority to say he wasn't found at fault? In this case, he was cleared of a crime, but not of "fault" in terms of faulty judgement.

If you have nothing to fear, then why not call police out of simple concern for another human, first and foremost? You call your lawyer first?

There's also a lot that doesn't seem to have been reported. Why aren't there any sources from the bar who can attest to O'Rourke's level of intoxication? Was he sober when all of this happened? Was he a regular?

Everybody knows the truth, but no one will go on the record. That's even more pathetic than the editorial's headline.
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Bad headline wrote:
Since when does the Courant's Editorial Board have the authority to say he wasn't found at fault? In this case, he was cleared of a crime, but not of "fault" in terms of faulty judgement.
If you have nothing to fear, then why not call police out of simple concern for another human, first and foremost? You call your lawyer first?
There's also a lot that doesn't seem to have been reported. Why aren't there any sources from the bar who can attest to O'Rourke's level of intoxication? Was he sober when all of this happened? Was he a regular?
Everybody knows the truth, but no one will go on the record. That's even more pathetic than the editorial's headline.
Yeah, because a barfly who was likely drunk himself when O'Rourke walked out would make an excellent and reliable source.
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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.
That is the BEST and most LOGICAL posting about this subject that I have ever read. And, I've read them ALL.

Thank you sir.....too bad you weren't the judge with that logic!
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Jul 5, 2009
 
This whole situation is both sad and frustrating. Sad because a woman died, and this could have been prevented had O'Rourke taken the responsible route and not left the bar with her in the back seat since he knew the CPD had been called. Get the witness statements. Frustrating because we have a person representing the Cromwell, Portland and Middletown voters who has lost his credibility and no longer deserves the trust he once had. He should step down, but if he'd rather wait for the next election, so be it, his pain of a lost election will be nothing compared to the pain felt by the friends and family of Ms. Sinisgalli. 16 months to go.
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OJ lives!!!
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Jul 23, 2009
 
CT Yankee wrote:
"But as the report notes, there is no indication the police would have found her......"
I should hope that the police could find her!! Tracking barefoot footprints in the snow would be fairly simple, I'd imagine!!
Isn't this indicative of a state legislator -- only concerned about his own ass?
What was that statement put in there for? I would have hoped they would have tracked her from the prints or called in the police dog to track her. The Cromwell police had her sent on her belongings from the bar. This was awful statement to say in the report and did upset a lot of people...Thanks for bringing it up. And yes I beleive he was trying to save his own ass!
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Jul 23, 2009
 
luxxx wrote:
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
The Family thought so too, and so did everyone else who saw the news footage.

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