Today James Ray’s trial began. Let’s hope that it brings closure to the sweat lodge incident that took place at Angel Valley, AZ on October 8, 2009. It is scheduled to last several months. Live Coverage of Sweat Lodge Trial to be Allowed. In today’s edition at James Ray Trial Starts Today, The Prescott, Arizona News notes:
“Opening arguments will take place about 1:30 today in the James Ray trial. Officially, this is day 7 of James Ray’s manslaughter trial. But, today is the day that the real trial begins. The previous days were spent in jury selection and pretrial motions and arguments. But, at 1:30, the jury will be introduced and sworn in, and the opening arguments will commence.”
“Starting Tuesday, they’ll try to convince a jury that Ray is to blame for the deaths of Kirby Brown, of Westtown, N.Y.; James Shore, of Milwaukee; and Liz Neuman, of Prior Lake, Minn. Ray has pleaded not guilty to three counts of manslaughter. His attorneys have said the deaths were simply a tragic accident that Ray could not have predicted. Opening arguments played out in a Camp Verde courtroom, about 30 miles south of Sedona where Ray conducted the ceremony in October 2009. Four months have been set aside for the trial.”
There has been controversy about his birthdate, since he refuses to divulge it, but WikiPedia (a sometimes iffy source) gives November 22, 1957 here: James Arthur Ray – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This page cites several illness and injuries to workshop participants from 2005 onward, including another death.
One reader pointed out that both the charts of James Arthur Ray and Charlie Sheen have Mars at 9 Scorpio conjunct Neptune. (The Astro-Databank chart of Charlie Sheen born on 3 September 1965 – is here: http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?wgid=wgeJwtTk0LwyAU-zW7vYFa99HJO4wdduuljNGjxUctra5Yi_TfT8fIISGEJGmcRhRqcKi58gZbS-ThYXWYRwIHFdTA6_MJhLjJK1iZYNgMMGgoHQTrPmHK1HTwau9wkYkxkMxLAVvOZChteq8d4b8yh38TxTc6ElbFoSWS6ylkXcZUH_clv3LRoo5J2XXHI1dhRf5-fgGl6DZC .)