James Ray Death Lodge Trial Put on Hold

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The manslaughter trial of snake-oil salesman James Arthur Ray has been postponed until next week, as the judge overseeing the case is allowing Ray's attorneys more time to conduct interviews about the construction of the sweat lodge that left three people dead and dozens injured.

Ray's attorneys filed the request for a mistrial earlier this week, claiming prosecutors failed to turn over an April 10, 2010 e-mail from environmental consultant Richard Haddow, which concluded that because of the shoddy way the sweat lodge was constructed, the victims were more at risk than other participants because they were seated in an area of the tent that was the the most poorly ventilated.

Defense attorneys maintain that because prosecutors only turned over the report last week, Ray is not receiving a fair trial because his attorneys weren't given ample time to prepare his defense. They claim the report adds to their argument that Ray couldn't possibly have known that the tent could potentially kill someone.

Judge Warren Darrow didn't declare a mistrial but has given Ray's attorneys until Wednesday to further prepare their defense.

Ray pleaded not guilty to three counts of manslaughter stemming from 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, Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, New York, and  James Shore, 40, 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.
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Guest
Guest

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just a citizen
just a citizen

this guy is a slick conman.its scary people say this should be a civil case.taking a civil case against a con man a liar is tough.his only concern was to take maximum profits.take large amounts of money from people and treat them horribly.and these arent the first people to die at his events.while he sat at the safest place.i got caught up in a scam thats how i know.my friend and business partner was murdered aug 30 2006.no one arrested.massive insurance fraud ,false appraisials to induce fraud,transfer incumbered property.yet no one follows the money.its tough to make a case against a bunch of sociopaths who are liars.

newbie
newbie

True Windy and IF he was so knowledgeable about sweat lodges, he would have known whether or not it needed a permit and it was up to him to ask before encouraging 60 people to go in and they in. "They weren't their bodies" Also, did he ask in 2007, 2008 OR did it just become a concerned about a permit, IF his poison lies wasn't going right. When people were passing out, crying for help, he JAMES RAY, should have said something is wrong, WE need to get everyone out. They died from heat and he just kept making it hotter. Manson was sent to prison for brain washing, James Ray deserves the same punishment. Manson also claimed to be God, just like James Ray. Brainwashing is serious and can be deadly. Jim Jones, Manson and James Ray, proof.

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

why do you need a self help guru if your suppose to be helping yourself?

Guest
Guest

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Ray rat Foakes
Ray rat Foakes

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MikeYevtuck pisses on 81

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Doc of the Bay
Doc of the Bay

This situation is analogous to a product liability suit. In a class action suit, e.g., for a drug or medical device, perhaps only 3% of the patients suffered ill effects. However, the manufacturers may still be criminally liable if they knew before hand, especially if they lied about research results, of the potential for morbidity and mortality. In this case, Ray's product was his workshop and his hidden research results are apparently prior workshops where participants showed ill effects.

Secondly, persons who are in medical extremis, with dehydration, low blood pressure, and possibly arrhythmias, are in no condition to honor or not honor a contract. They are compromised neurologically and therefore psychology and cannot make rational, adult decisions.

MD, San Francisco

Sema
Sema

I found this online and I fully agree: "I don’t understand what is going on here. Most people suffered no adverse reactions to the sweat lodge. Certain people did because they freely chose to stay in the sweat lodge when they knew they could not handle it. How is that Mr Ray’s fault? No one else knew those people were dying. They were asked and they said they were okay and they wanted to stay. One woman couldn’t handle anymore and simply left. She didn’t want to disappoint Mr Ray, but she could not handle any more and left. The people who did not leave when they should have are to blame for what happened, not Mr Ray.

You must remember that each sweat lodge round lasted 10-15 minutes. That’s not very long. People had plenty of time to assess whether or not they could handle any more. If they chose to stay in the sweat lodge that was THEIR choice, not Mr Ray’s.

Besides, the real culprits in this matter are the people who built that sweat lodge and made it practically airtight. If Angel Valley could not make the sweat lodge hotter without risking the safety of the people they should have refused to cover it with rubber and make it practically airtight."

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

I know a female doctor from India named Sema in North Scottsdale. is that you Sema? you have a son?

SedonaCowboy
SedonaCowboy

It is a troll from Hawaii who uses the name lee Kwan Major and has been posting the same thing all over the internet under hundreds of names to make people think everyone feels JAR is innocent. The dude lost his job when JRI closed and, he is bitter. he has also been banned from dozens of blogs.

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A Drunk Navajo
A Drunk Navajo

so big deal, he is still a guilty greedy bastard and a mamas boy that cant build a decent Indian sweat lodge. even a drunk Navajo can build a better sweat lodge than that rich white boy. I think he bought all those smelly tarps at a garage sale for $10 bucks. BAD KARMA BIT HIM IN HIS WHITE ASS!

Staned
Staned

What do your people say about anyone who builds a sweat lodge using any old blankets they can find, then covering it with vinyl tarps then practically sealing it airtight with rubber, then using construction scrap wood to heat the grandfather stones? What would they say about such a sweat lodge?

If people die using it the builders are the ones who should be held accountable. Angel Valley did indeed build a death trap and the people who could have left and didn't are legally responsible for their own actions at that workshop, period!

Snake-Eyes
Snake-Eyes

Nevermind the first poster. He isn't "Navajo" or some Indian. He is that low life junkie hippie troll posting under various alias including mine. He'll probably come back on here talking shit to himself while pretending there are alot of folks respnding here. Its just one serious fucked up biker pussy.

If the liability waivers were signed and co-signed in Cali. Then it is deem worthless in the State of AZ. Its a jurisdiction thing. However, the first 3 weeks of testimonies from various witnesses has pointed out Ray as the suspect that he is. The defense is merely using "Angel Valley" as their scapegoat. Your "fake indian" guru isn't as innocent as you think he is. I am fairly confident that Justice will be served to those 3 easily-influenced White folks who fell victim to Ray's death trap.

We'll see.......

Guest
Guest

I am not a biker you cnt hells angel support freak but you already know that

You and everyone on the planet knows Mike Yevtuck pisses all over the USA hells angels

My Name is Mike Yevtuck I am the god of the USA Hells angels hells ruler. The Godflocker the Thailander .The man that made the USA hells angels curtsy like nice little ladies.

Hey Chuck Zito and the rest of you USA hells angel freaking cowards. I am back in the USA for a limited time . Put away your keyboards,web sites and all those internet war weapons in your arsenal you cowardly Feathered Filthy Fowl Fraudulent Freaks

and come on over and talk turkey or what ever language a foul filthy maggot infested USA hells angel freak speaks.

Hey punk if you and your pink pals got something to say I am back in the USA. You have no excuses you cowardly big mouth freaks.

My Name is Mike Yevtuck I am the god of the USA Hells angels . The Godflocker the Thailander .The man that made the USA hells angels curtsy like nice little ladies. 

Vago Warlord
Vago Warlord

I dont think junkies can afford the internet or a computer.

Susie
Susie

your really charlie sheen posing as snake eyes. you use the lame word troll to much thats what gave it away.

Sonny Barger
Sonny Barger

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CASEY AND MARIO
CASEY AND MARIO

how do you know who he or she is? you dont know who it is at all. your really weird.

HELLS ANGEL ALEX
HELLS ANGEL ALEX

You got a lot of time on your hands snake eyes. your still an insecure punk that got beat up bloody at Boxing night at the Hells Angels Mesa AZ Clubhouse at 153 s Labaron in Mesa a few weeks back and you never got over that ass whooping I gave you. stop by again and I will knock a few more of those rotten teeth out of your your head then break your jaw and puncture your ear drum. you got the address big man so stop by and ask for ALEX, HELLS ANGELS MESA ARIZONA CHARTER. other than that your all talk internet cyber boy.

KEITH WAREAGLE
KEITH WAREAGLE

His name is Keith Wareagle.he is a pal of mine he is a Sioux Indian from Rose Bud South Dakota.

vinceclortho
vinceclortho

He didn't even build it, the owners of the property did.

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

either way he still stole the idea from Indians.

Susie
Susie

no he stole the idea from snake eyes a well known cyber bully and wannabee bad ass.

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

of course his lazy rich white ass didnt build it. he is to lazy to know how to actually work in the hot desert sun. he hired cheap labor to do it as all rich fat lazy white crackers do.

Snake-Eyes
Snake-Eyes

I guess not. But he is the one who is responsible. Those poor White people put their lonely lives in his snake-oiled hands. They trusted him, only to have been backstabbed by the self-helping guru. He is resposible because it was he that forced the guinea pigs not to come out of the excruciating tent. That is pure recklessness and neglence on his part, I like to see James Ray go in that very tent where 3 people died, to see if he can handle it. I doubt not.

Staned
Staned

Legally, Mr Ray is not responsible. Those people agreed, in writing, to take full responsibility for their actions if they participated in the activities at the workshop. As long as Mr Ray did not force anyone to enter the sweat lodge and/or prevented them from leaving he should be protected under California law because California is where the liability waivers were created. So far, no one has stated that Mr Ray prevented people from leaving if they could not handle the sweat.

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