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Guru Ray Found Guilty On Three Counts

by The Editors on June 23, 2011

Capt.E4A3Bec16C554B7D8C902855A3E9B87D-13E0F7Cf8B6840F394A20C52Bf59F132-0It wasn’t manslaughter, but Carlsbad based sefl-help guru James Arthur Ray was found guilty Wednesday, June 22, 2011 of three counts of “negligent homicide” in charges related to three people who died during one of Ray’s $10,000 Sedona retreats, according to a story on Yahoo News.

The conviction came quickly — after less than 10 hours of deliberations — following four months of testimony and hundreds of exhibits. Prosecutors asked that Ray be taken into custody immediately, but the judge denied their request. . . The self-help guru faces a sentence ranging from probation to nearly 12 years in prison.

We’re going to guess that as Ray is white and rich (though he disagrees) he won’t get much jail time. But we’ll have to wait and see.

[Link: Yahoo News]


James Ray’s Sweatlodge Death Trial Begins

by The Editors on February 17, 2011

James-08The manslaughter trial of Carlsbadistan’s own self-help book writing “Harmonic Wealth” creator James Arthur Ray is beginning today (February 17, 2011) with jury selection, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

For those who don’t remember: the former Oprah guest is being charged in the deaths of three people who collapsed during one of Ray’s Sedona, Arizona Sweat Lodge “ceremonies” in October of 2009

They guys is obviously not slowing down. The homepage of his websites features a video with Ray talking about about challenges, obstacles, and how to accept them. Hopefully, his own teachings will allow him to “accept how life is.” If found guilty, Ray could spend up to 12 years in prison.

Click here for some background.

[Link: NBC San Diego]


Wealth-builder James Ray Is Broke?

by The Editors on February 20, 2010

Cbe43Ecc-Ec9C-41Bd-Aee7-9Ef048208A63-SmallCarlsbadistan’s James Arthur Ray built a large motivational speaking business on the idea that with his training people could become wealthy. The tagline on his website explains it: “create harmonic wealth in all areas of your life.” That was his game. Give me money, he seemed to say, and I’ll give you the secrets of getting other people to give you money.

Now, with manslaughter charges filed against him for three sweat lodge ceremony deaths and a $5 million bail Ray is telling the court that he is actually broke, according to a story from the Associated Press.

“Despite misconceptions perpetrated in the media, Mr. Ray is not a man of significant assets and certainly not the millions reported in the press,” his attorneys wrote in documents obtained by The Associated Press from the court. The documents are now officially sealed. . . Ray himself has touted his wealth and success in numerous media interviews and on his Web site, including an estimated $10 million in revenue in 2009 and a seven-figure advance for his book, “Harmonic Wealth” that hit the New York Times Best Sellers List in May 2008. . . but the court documents paint a much different picture, showing that he is severely in debt with a net worth of negative $4.2 million

Wait, are they trying to tell us that Carlsbadistan’s self-help guru misrepresented his wealth?

[Link: The Washington Post]


Carlsbadistan’s Sweat Lodge Disaster Connection

by The Editors on October 14, 2009

Sweatx-LargeJames Arthur Ray, the self-help author whose five-day “Spiritual Warrior” retreat at Arizona’s Angel Valley Retreat Center resulted in two deaths and 19 other injuries during a “spiritual cleansing” in a “crudely built sweat lodge,” is apparently based in Carlsbadistan, according to a story in USA Today.

Ray’s company, James Ray International, is based in Carlsbad, Calif. His publicist, Howard Bragman, declined to comment Friday and didn’t return a call Saturday from The Associated Press.

The victims had reportedly paid between $9,000 and $10,000 for the five day retreat. Apparently that fee included a day-and-a-half of no food. According to the story it will be between three and four weeks before they know if criminal charges will be filed.

[Link: USA Today]