Saturday, December 28, 2013

Protecting the Rights of the Accused

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.
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.

Hanging 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. 

He 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.

Manson — 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.

“I 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.

Raschio, 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.

The 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.

“Sometimes 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.

If 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 guilty. 

Read more here:  http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2013/dec/26/protecting-rights-accused/

23 comments:

jeffrey jeff said...

I always liked this Harold True quote about the mental state of Manson:
I was talking to the psychologists at UCLA about him before the murders, and they told me I was making things up about Charlie because there was no such personality as that which I was describing. I said, "Oh yeah? If he starts selling used cars, you'll be driving one!"

katie8753 said...

Jeffrey, LOL. I love Harold True.

“I 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.

That's interesting that the Tate Family auctioned this drawing off...

sunset77 said...

If people don't know or don't remember, cameras weren't allowed in courtrooms for many years, they are still only allowed in occasionally. Sketch artists would sit in the audience and draw what they seen, I seen many of these sketches in newspapers and occasionally on the TV news back in those days from various trials.

I may have posted this link from Michaelsbackporch on here before, I don't remember, but it has a few other drawings from the Manson trial HERE.

katie8753 said...

Thanks Sunset! You're right, only sketch artists can reveal the drama in the courtroom when cameras aren't allowed.

katie8753 said...

Well I guess everyone thought he got a fair trial. And so did I. LOL.

CarolMR said...

I'm watching "Charles Manson: Journey into Evil" on the BIO channel. It's being re-run later this evening. It's from 1995 but I don't remember seeing it before. Lots of footage of Manson himself being interviewed.

louis365 said...

Carol... There are at least two versions of that show. Did it start out with Manson saying "When I stand on the mountain, and I say do it, it gets done, if it don't get done, then I'll move on it, and thats the last thing in the world that you would want me to do"?

katie8753 said...

Have a safe & happy New Year everybody!!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Happy New Year Everyone!

bobby said...

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thanks LS & Katie,

Happy end of the last year to all !

came home from work to a note " dinner in the oven be back Thursday "

I guess i'm in guy heaven, It's just me two dog's three cats, the history channsel & the LSB blog.

Be safe everone !

katie8753 said...

Happy New Year Bobby!!

bobby said...

smooch

katie8753 said...

Smooch back to you Bobby! You've got the best of both worlds! Dinner in the oven and the LSB3 blog. Plus your menagerie. I've got 2 dogs & 2 cats. Love you much! :)

bobby said...

thanks Katie, you always make me feel good. my yellow lab is in some pain from arthwritis (sp) & a min pin lap dog.they are some pair.





























katie8753 said...

Boy Bobby, you've got quite a space there. LOL.

Sorry about your Lab. Kiss it and make it better for him!

I have Doobie, the little Pug, and Odie, the Giant Shepherd. Quite a pairing.

At night, my cat Shadow sleeps on my bed, and in the morning Odie comes in and stares at her until she hisses & spits. Better than an alarm clark! LOL.

bobby said...

lol, fell a sleep , must had my finger on the return key.

did news years happen ?

Mrstormsurge said...

Happy New Year to everyone here!!

katie8753 said...

Bobby, LOL. You crack me up.

Happy New Year Stormy!! :)

CarolMR said...

Happy New Year to all! Louis, I don't remember the Manson show opening with those lines.

katie8753 said...

Happy New Year Carol!! :)

katie8753 said...

This reminds me of a yearbook. LOL.

CarolMR said...

Happy New Year, Katie!

louis365 said...

Carol, I think you watched a version of Journey into Evil where they cut out the little part where Manson says what I said earlier. If you goto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHqY2haWPFk

you will see the full version of it. I guess networks tend to leave out that introductory by Manson. I guess they consider it viewer sensitive...either that, or they don't want to scare the beJesus out of the audience. LOL