Former self-help guru says arrogance led to sweat lodge deaths of three

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Former self-help guru James Arthur Ray says it was his personal arrogance that led to the deaths of three people inside an Arizona sweat lodge in 2009.

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Sweat-lodge operator gets 2 years

PRESCOTT, Ariz., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A judge in Arizona's Yavapai County sentenced James Arthur Ray to two years in prison Friday for the deaths of three people in a sweat-lodge ceremony he ran.

Sentencing starts in sweat lodge deaths

PRESCOTT, Ariz., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge has set six days for the sentencing hearing for a self-help author convicted of negligent homicide in the sweat-lodge deaths of three people.

Hearing delayed ahead of Ray sentencing

PRESCOTT, Ariz., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A pre-sentencing hearing in the Arizona sweat lodge case was delayed Monday after James Arthur Ray's attorney suffered a heart ailment.

New trial sought in sweat lodge deaths

SEDONA, Ariz., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Attorneys for a self-help guru convicted in three deaths in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony say he deserves a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct.

Sweat-lodge defendant seeks new trial

CAMP VERDE, Ariz., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge agreed to hear defense arguments for a new trial for James Arthur Ray, convicted of negligent homicide for three sweat-lodge deaths.

Sweat lodge prosecution admits error

CAMP VERDE, Ariz., July 14 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Arizona's so-called sweat lodge trial have filed a motion admitting they made an error during the trial but saying it was harmless.

Motivator guilty in sweat lodge deaths

CAMP VERDE, Ariz., June 23 (UPI) -- A motivational author and speaker was convicted Wednesday of negligent homicide for the deaths of three of his clients in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony.

Prosecutor: Self-help guru pushed too far

SEDONA, Ariz., June 16 (UPI) -- Self-help guru James Arthur Ray, accused in the deaths of three people in an Arizona sweat-lodge ceremony, pushed his followers too far, a prosecutor said.

Testimony heard in sweat lodge death trial

PHOENIX, March 3 (UPI) -- A witness in the Arizona manslaughter trial in the deaths of three people in a sweat lodge ceremony says her cries that they needed help were ignored.

Guru's words turned against him at trial

CAMP VERDE, Ariz., March 2 (UPI) -- Self-help guru James Arthur Ray told participants in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony they would feel like they were going to die, a tape at his trial revealed.

Trial begins in sweat lodge deaths

CAMP VERDE, Ariz., March 1 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge hasn't decided whether participants from earlier seminars will be allowed to testify at the trial of self-help guru James Arthur Ray.

Lawyers want sweat lodge trial moved

PRESCOTT, Ariz., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Prosecutors are fighting self-help guru James Arthur Ray's bid to move his trial in the Arizona sweat lodge deaths because of publicity.
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James Arthur Ray (born November 22, 1957) is a motivational speaker and author. He is the author of Harmonic Wealth, a New York Times bestseller frequently featured on the Today Show. In 2006 he had appeared on CNN's Larry King Live and was a guest speaker in the film The Secret. Ray had taught Stephen Covey Motivational seminars while employed at AT&T and claimed he later worked two years for the Covey foundation, although the company has no record of him as an employee or contractor. As of October 2009 Ray's company, James Ray International, was not Better Business Bureau accredited, which gives the company a C rating for seven complaints filed and two unresolved.

On February 3, 2010, Ray was arrested in connection with deaths of participants at one of his sweat lodge ceremonies and was tried for manslaughter. Ray was acquitted of manslaughter but convicted of three counts of negligent homicide.

James' father was an Oklahoma preacher in occasional poverty for a decade until 1973 at Red Fork Church of God in Tulsa. At times they had to live in the church office. Money and spirituality were central to him. "The hardest part of my childhood was reconciling how Dad poured his heart into his work, how he helped so many people and yet he couldn't afford to pay for haircuts for me and my brother," Ray wrote in his 2008 book Harmonic Wealth. "How could a loving God keep me from Cub Scouts on account of not being able to afford a uniform?" However, a classmate of James "recalled things differently".

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