New Age guru and snake oil salesman extraordinaire James Arthur Ray was scheduled to be sentenced September 26, 2011 after a week-long hearing that would have had his supporters supplying testimony in a bid to lower his sentence.
According to what's being reported, one of the attorneys involved in the case had a medical emergency, and the hearing was cancelled. There's no word at this time on a new date for the hearing or sentencing.
On June 22, under the cross-hairs of the Cardinal Grand Cross, Ray was found guilty by jurors on three counts of negligent homicide after a four-month trial in Camp Verde, Arizona. He is currently out on bail and faces a sentence ranging from probation to nine years in prison.
From a previous post: "Three people died ("ascended"? "transcended"?) and 19 were hospitalized - some with permanent health damage - after a botched sweat lodge at Ray's "Spiritual Warrior" seminar near Sedona, Arizona in October 2009. Participants paid up to $10,000 for the honour of attending Ray's five-day workshop where, according to accounts, they were encouraged to shave their heads, play death-related games with Ray and fast for 36 hours before entering a faulty sweat lodge. Ray reportedly goaded participants into staying in the sweat lodge longer than they wanted to, advising them to ignore physical discomfort and push past their boundaries.
According to the Huffington Post, participants were told by Ray: "The true spiritual warrior has conquered death and therefore has no fear or enemies in this lifetime or the next, because the greatest fear you'll ever experience is the fear of what? Death. ... You will have to get a point to where you surrender and it's OK to die."
The dirty, pumped-up Neptunian bullshit of The Secret and its "creating your own reality/manifesting abundance" memes finally blew up after every New Ager and his/her dog dry humped the scheme for its very last penny. Unfortunately, people lost their lives in the process."
More background posts and the astrology involved in this case are available here: James Arthur Ray I will post on Ray's sentencing when it's reported.