James Arthur Ray's Lawyers Want Trial Moved to Maricopa County

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Lawyers for James Arthur Ray, the Oprah-approved "self-help" guru, who organized a deadly sweat lodge event near Sedona last year, want the motivational speaker's trial moved from Yavapai County to Maricopa County.

Prosecutors, however, do not.

Ray's been charged with three counts of manslaughter stemming from last year's sweat-lodge event that left three people dead and dozens injured.

Check out the grizzly, vomit-filled details here. 


Ray's lawyers say the media circus that erupted after the incident make it impossible for Ray to get a fair trial up north and want the trial moved to a Phoenix-area court.

That media circus, Ray's attorneys might be shocked to find out, found its way to Phoenix, too, so a change in venue might be the solution the legal team is hoping for.

Prosecutors disagree with the defense's claim. They say, aside from a few weeks after the incident, media coverage up there has been fairly minimal.

Ray was scheduled to start trial on August 31, but that date's been vacated because Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow had a scheduling conflict.

No new trial date has been set.

The motion to move the trial is scheduled to be heard on August 10.
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Ed
Ed

These contracts do not absolve JAR from his gross negligence and incompetence.

LKM - you are a dangerous sycophant.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is indeed an important point to consider that the three people who died in Sedona may have been trying to prove how tough they were by ignoring their bodies telling them they were dying. How is the State of Arizona supposed to know whether or not this is what happened? There is no possible way I can see that the State of Arizona can possibly tell if this was the situation. Since the State of Arizona has no way of ascertaining if this was the case I don't see how the State of Arizona can possibly represent the three who died in Sedona. If they were trying to prove how tough they were and ignored their bodies telling them they were dying those three who died had no one to blame but themselves for their deaths.

I read that each sweat lodge round lasted between 10-15 minutes. Those three had plenty of time between rounds to assess whether or not they could take anymore. If they chose to trust James Arthur Ray more than they trusted themselves those three had no one to blame but themselves for what happened.

Your lives are YOUR responsibility, people. It doesn't matter who may be pressuring you. If you feel that something is wrong it is your responsibility to refuse to participate, period. It was wrong for those three people to ignore their bodies and go back into the sweat lodge. It was their last dumb mistake in life and James Arthur Ray cannot be held responsibly for their bad judgment. That's why he had everyone sign a liability waiver before participating in any of the activities. He wanted to make certain he would not be held responsible for the possible bad judgments of the people who participated in the workshop.

One of the biggest setbacks that bars people from successfully using The Secret is the inability to take responsibility for our thoughts, words, actions and lives. We have to take responsibility for the life we have already attracted and manifested before we can successfully manifest the lives of our dreams. This whole James Arthur Ray matter has been a rallying of those who refuse to take responsibility for their lives. The dishonorable want to be able to break any agreements they may make with anyone. Such people are now trying to use James Arthur Ray as a scapegoat. Well, it's not going to work!

Adults are responsible for the decisions they make in life. That's just the way it is whether you irresponsible people like it or not!

Anonymous
Anonymous

James Arthur Ray had been conducting that workshop for 7 prior years, if memory serves me. He obviously had to have an idea of what he was doing. The first logical thing to ask about the Sedona sweat lodge tragedy is: 'Was that sweat lodge safely built?' Once the truth is revealed that the sweat lodge was NOT safely built the next question should be: 'Who built the sweat lodge?' If James Arthur Ray and his staff built that sweat lodge case closed. Throw James Arthur Ray in jail for manslaughter and throw away the key, right? Well, I believe Angel Valley built that sweat lodge then destroyed exhibit 'A' in the case before it went to trial. Very suspicious, wouldn't you say, Sherlock?

Next you should ask: 'Why is it that most did not suffer adverse reactions to the workshop? Were the three people who died trying to prove how tough they were by ignoring their bodies telling them that they were dying?' We all know that is indeed a valid question and one that cannot be answered by the State of Arizona. If those three people who died were trying to prove how tough they were by ignoring their bodies telling them they were dying James Arthur Ray cannot be held responsible for that! We all know in our hearts it's true that James Arthur Ray cannot be held responsible for knowing how much you can take and when you have had enough. That is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to decide ESPECIALLY after you sign a liability waiver and pay over $9,000.00 for that workshop.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Most had no adverse reactions to the sweat lodge event. Some obviously wanted to prove how tough they were and ignored their bodies telling them that they were dying. JAR cannot be held responsible for knowing what you can handle and what you cannot handle. If you are running a marathon and you suddenly cannot take it anymore it is your responsibility to stop running. It is irrelevant who may be pressuring you to continue with the run. It's your responsibility, as an adult, to stop running a marathon if you feel you can't take anymore.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I just got off the phone with the police and the police fully agree with me. Whether you sign a liability waiver or not your life is your responsibility. If you are at a sweat lodge workshop and you feel you can't handle the heat it is your responsibility, as an adult, to get out of the sweat lodge and stay out. Whether anyone else is pressuring you to stay in or not is completely irrelevant. Your life is your responsibility period! Everyone I have spoken to in my physical world always agrees with me. However, on the Internet adults seem to feel they are not responsible for their actions. Although deep in your hearts you know that the police are right.

I asked the police and the police agree. If someone chooses to become a meth addict the police are not going to accept the excuse that they were pressured by their peers to become a meth addict. That is no excuse. It doesn't matter who is pressuring you to become a meth addict. The decision to do so or not is your responsibility, period.

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