The most powerful political seat in the state of Rhode Island is that of House Speaker.
At the time of the Station fire Bill Murphy was House Speaker. Murphy resides in West Warwick.
A town employee indicted for 100 counts of manslaughter would not have been beneficial to the town of West Warwick in any way.
PS: Wonder how many calls Lynchie had to make to Brazil before he got his "invite". What a joke!
Although no fan of the Lynch family I would expect more from the bloggers at AR than statements such as,
"West Warwick Fire Inspector Dennis LaRocque, was actively shielded by then Attorney General Patrick Lynch for what can only have been vile political reasons."
You lay out absolutely nothing to back up this wild claim. The link to the brief Projo article, which can't be relied upon for its truthfulness, tells us nothing. There are countless reasons why a prosecutor would steer a grand jury away from a certain line of questioning. Most of them not nefarious.
The projo article doesn't even tell what questions the GJ was steered away from. Having testified before numerous GJ's I can say from experience that some of the dumbest things ever to be uttered in human history have occurred in these rooms. Most people are daydreaming or sleeping those awake believe they are in an episode of NCIS or Law & Order and ask some of the most off the wall questions I've ever heard.
I guess my point is this, I'm happy to see the end of the Lynch Family dynasty, I think the fire inspector was criminally negligent and should have been charged, but your post sucks and filled more with emotion than fact. Sort of what I would expect from a liberal blogger than someone here at AR.
While I agree with the overall point and sentiment of this post, some of the specific accusations in it go way overboard. Seirra is right that we don't have any direct evidence that Lynch purposely shielded criminal activity. The worst we can fairly accuse him of is being incompetent and overly political at times. I was also struck by the tone and rhetoric of this post as something more appropriate for RIFuture or similar leftist blogs. I do understand why the subject matter might have had that effect.
Dan: What does "overly political at times" mean? Because it sounds like a "nice" way to say exactly what Monica said--that he went out of his way to protect someone who, perhaps, should have faced the victims families and the law.
As Attorney General and a member of a powerful political family, Lynch was a central cog in the Democratic machine that has been operating and polluting Rhode Island's government for decades. In light of that reality, his decisions were undoubtedly influenced to an extent by political calculus rather than some principled moral stand. But there is a substantial difference between acknowledging those faults and accusing him of actively shielding criminal activity, distorting the truth, interfering with grand jury deliberations, and legal maneuvering to prevent a trial of a political protegee. As I said, I'm sympathetic to the central point of this post, but I think the degree of the rhetoric and accusations is way over the top - it reads more like one of Bob Plain's typical attack pieces than thought-provoking commentary.
It's refreshing to read straight talk from a straight talker. Rare quality these days.
In my opinion,based on personal experience,Frank Darrigan is a really decent,humane,compassionate person.