ROB RASCHIO displays a forensic artist sketch of the trial of
Charles Manson, leader of a cult in California who was convicted for
masterminding seven murders, that he obtained from a friend. The drawing
hangs in his office as a reminder that every defendant, no matter how
horrific the crime of which he or she is accused, is given the right of
due process under the U.S. Constitution.
Photo by Mark Gibson.
By RaeLynn Ricarte
As of Thursday, December 26, 2013
on the wall of Rob Raschio’s law office is a forensic
artist sketch of Charles Manson standing behind a wooden door in a
California courtroom with a wire mesh opening in front of his face.
is depicted in the rendering with his legal team gathered around the
door, which has a hinged panel that can be dropped over Manson’s face if
he begins to create a disturbance.
“He didn’t get to face his accusers,” said Raschio.
— diagnosed with anti-social disorder and other mental illnesses — led a
cult in California and was convicted in 1969 of conspiracy in seven
murders, including those of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child.
Although he did not personally commit the acts of violence, a jury found
Manson guilty of masterminding the grisly deaths.
have a hard time imagining how a man in a cage can get a fair trial,”
said Raschio, who obtained the drawing from a friend after the Tate
family auctioned it in April 2007 as a crime victim benefit.
a shareholder in the gorge firm of Morris Smith Starns Raschio and
Sullivan, is leaving The Dalles to serve as the lead defense contractor
for criminal cases in Grant County and conflict cases in Harney County.
Manson trial setting is a constant reminder to him that no matter how
horrific the crime that someone is accused of, they are guaranteed the
right of due process by the U.S. Constitution.
I tell my clients to exercise their right to remain silent, meaning
their right to ‘shut up,’ but I have relaxed enough after 12 years in
this field to realize that if they insist on speaking out, they are
exercising their right to protest,” he said.
a mentally ill person manifests symptoms of his or her illness in the
courtroom, Raschio said jurors need to remember that America’s judicial
system rests on the premise that all people are innocent until proven