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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.

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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.



Raschio will relocate near family home

Rob Raschio has been a shareholder in the gorge firm of Morris Smith Starns Raschio and Sullivan since 2006, when he began working in The Dalles. He and his wife, Sena, started their family, which now includes daughter Annabelle and son Vincent, during that time and have compiled many happy memories of their time in the area.

They are now returning to Eastern Oregon, where Rob began practicing law in 2001, because that is where his wife’s parents and twin sister reside.

“We’ve lived within 80 miles of my family during this time and now we’ll be within 70 miles of hers,” said Raschio. “It feels like it’s time to get closer to them for a while.”

Although he will be practicing in Oregon Judicial District 24 as he did before, this time Raschio will be the lead defense contractor for criminal cases in Grant County and conflict cases in Harney County. He is establishing an office in the town of John Day and will be taking private clients as well as those who come his way through the court system.

“It’s nice to mix it up once in a while,” said Raschio. “It’s a pretty exciting opportunity for me to build my own business.”

There are currently 90 contractors throughout the state and Raschio is looking forward to the challenges of joining the group that seeks to protect the rights of the accused.

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley praised Raschio as “an excellent advocate for his clients” and said he will be missed.

“We’re sad to see him go. He works hard for his clients and I have respect for anyone who does that,” he said. “He is an easy person to work with and communicates well.”

In turn Raschio said of Nisley and his two deputy district attorneys: “It takes a special type of person who thinks about both sides and is committed to the liberty interests of the defendant and the needs of the victim to do that job.”

In his advocacy role, Raschio has served as president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mid-Columbia Bar Association and is the current editor of The Trial Notebook, a widely-used publication compiled by criminal defense attorneys around the state.

“I am thankful to have been a part of some very important work done in this community,” he said.

Hanging on the wall of Rob Raschio’s law office in The Dalles 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...

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