PHOENIX — A jury’s decision to convict a self-help author in the deaths of
three people after an Arizona sweat-lodge ceremony will stand.
The state Court of Appeals has granted James Arthur Ray’s request to drop his
challenge of the case and also dismissed a cross-appeal.
Ray said he wanted to avoid the possibility of a retrial and resentencing. He
maintained that his convictions on three counts of negligent homicide were
flawed, but the state Attorney General’s Office disputed that.
Dozens of people participated in Ray’s ceremony near Sedona in
October 2009. Kirby Brown, of Westtown, N.Y.; James Shore, of Milwaukee; and Liz
Neuman, of Prior Lake, Minn., died.
Ray remained in Arizona on community supervision. He’ll be allowed to leave the
state next month.