James Ray Death Lodge Trial: Judge Allows Live TV Coverage on In Session Network

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The manslaughter trial of snake oil salesman James Arthur Ray could be televised live, the judge overseeing the case ruled today.

In Session, formerly Court TV, requested to cover the trial live saying it would "advance Arizona's tradition of courtroom access," according to the Associated Press. It probably won't hurt the network's bottom line, either.

Prosecutors argued that witnesses might be intimidated by live coverage, which could impact Ray's ability to receive a fair trial.

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow felt otherwise. He says the possibility of harm doesn't outweigh the public's right to coverage of the trial.

Ray's been charged with three counts of manslaughter for the October 2009 deaths of three participants of a sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Ray discouraged participants from leaving the sweat lodge, even as some were throwing up and passing out.

One of the victims, 49-year-old Liz Neuman, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, died of multiple-organ failure after the ceremony. The other two victims, 38-year-old Kirby Brown of Westtown, New York, and 40-year-old James Shore of Wisconsin, each fell victim to heat stroke after being in the sweat tent.

Ray maintains that the deaths were a tragic accident, but prosecutors feel that stuffing dozens of people into a hot, poorly ventilated sweat tent -- and then discouraging them from leaving -- is more than just an accident.

Ray's attorneys have repeatedly tried to have the trial moved from Yavapai County to somewhere closer to Phoenix. They don't believe it's possible for their client to get a fair trial in Yavapai County because of  extensive media coverage of the case. They've renewed a request asking the trial be moved to Maricopa County.

The Associated Press reports that his attorneys say jury questionnaires reveal widespread prejudice against Ray in Yavapai County.

Ray's lawyers made a similar request last summer, which was denied by Judge Warren Darrow. At the time, though, Darrow said he'd still consider the request as the case moves closer to trial.

Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin March 1.

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Albrightsmassage
Albrightsmassage

I attended a conference wth Ray in Chicago a few years ago, we were encouraged to attend by our company we were associated with. Ray was supposed to be very good, I'm quite negative about this kind of thing but was convinced it would help advance my business. I can tell you from experience that Ray loves to torture people and publicly humilate them. The room tempurature was kept very cold at one point I went to the back of the conf. room the thermostat read 52 degrees we only got about 4 hrs. of sleep between day 1 & 2 so between the cold, sleep deprivation, & Ray making you feel like you were worthless if you don't go to the next level I understand how so many people got suckered into spending a lot of money & going " to the next level". I for one hope James Ray gets punished for all his crimes, mistrial be damned, he needs to pay for the 3 lives he ended, their families should get all his stolen monies. Ray makes a mockery out of peoples faiths & ridicules those he thinks are Christians. I would like to know if the authors & publishers of the "Secret" are backing Ray or are they keeping their association with him a secret. Oh & did I mention that all weekend when we were freezing Ray was prespiring, constantly on the move hyper & constantly wiping his nose, gee I wonder why ? maybe a bit to much nose candy! I sincerely hope he gets what he deserves, One very disgrunteled Pi..ed Off Participant

Lillian
Lillian

This is the first time I feel the case is a joke,I feel really bad for the 3 people that died and there family .but my thing is why will people try to blame james ray for this first of all these people were grown up and each of them had a choice to stay or get out and they choose to stay these people were not tied up there was no locked doors there for no one is to blame but themself,there is no way i would have stayed in there if i was happy or felt something was wrong again these people was grown ups not kids so why is mr ray at fault i don't understand

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N8V-4-LYF
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That snake-oil charlatan.....that flamboyant deceiver, who btw, manipulates the easily influenced gullible lost White folk. Out of greed, by claiming to be something which is he not. In other words--disrespecting a true and authentic Native American rite.

I hate false"Shamans" who try to make money off of the Native American culture for their own self-fish ends.

Throw that self help guru into jail..........then throw away the damn key.

Social Misfit
Social Misfit

why does one need a self help guru when your suppose to be helping yourself? helping yourself is also free. there is no charge or cost to or yourself $ when you help yourself. this story is more proof that some people have to much money to waste. and its also further proof of the downward spiral of stupidity in America. if you really wanna sweat go get and outdoor labor or farm job in the deep south is summer. you will sweat plenty down yonder in Dixie land in the summer. so sweat so much in Dixie you will want to move to the hot dry Arizona desert where you hardly ever sweat again.

Social Misfit
Social Misfit

more china made cheap plastic shit products for plastic white yuppie folks with to much money to spend on plastic cheap shit.

Social Misfit
Social Misfit

maybe Indian karma finally caught up with this greedy White Anglo $$ yuppie fake shaman. if he doesn't give out free peyote to his followers you know he is a fake.

Social Misfit
Social Misfit

it might be or could another prison interview.

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