Friday, November 18, 2011

White Men Can't Sweat Lodge: A Slap on the Wrist

James Arthur "Death" Ray was sentenced today to two years in prison after being convicted in June of three counts of negligent homicide stemming from a faulty sweat lodge he performed in Arizona.

This means, of course, that there are people in United States prisons serving more time for robbery than Ray will serve for the deaths of these three people.

Many other participants suffered health damage - some permanent - from the faulty sweat lodge.

Prosecutors had requested three consecutive three-year terms (nine years), the longest allowable sentence for Ray's crimes. The defense requested probation.

The families of the dead more than likely will not even be able to recoup their losses in civil court. It was declared in court records during the trial that, despite living in a Beverly Hills home, Ray is $4 million in the hole. All those people bilked and not a dime to show for it.

Pretty depressing all around that this scheister is getting off so lightly.

Background articles on James Arthur Ray


Deb said...

I'm not surprised that this guy, even with his Beverly Hills palace, is in the hole. I feel like a lot of these supposed rich folks aren't rich at all-- they just play a role (sort of) well. At least it's a story around here.

This is ridiculous. Those poor families and victims. Ray got a slap on the wrist, when even drug users and sellers out here get more time in prison.

I can't imagine the rest of his life will be something other than hell for him, though. Even if he winds up writing some kind of tell-all book and speaking with Dr. Drew.

-- Deb

Willow said...

It really isn't surprising, is it? But I WAS hoping the families could suck every penny he made from that The Secret pyramid scheme in civil suits.

Kind of poetic justice that he's broke since his whole thing was teaching people how to get rich quick (irresponsibly and unsustainably) using the "Law of Attraction" and "Harmonic Wealth."

Though he could have money stashed elsewhere that the court couldn't find.

I know, though. Some poverty-stricken, black dude selling a few ounces of weed in the hood gets more time that this sorry excuse for a human who is responsible for at least three deaths, and I would say four (the suicide that happened at his event). It just ain't right, and that's all there is to it.

diastella said...

outrageous sentence!
thank you for following this story - i have found it a fascinating example of the 'mindfuck' at work

Patricia said...

Really? Is that the way it has to be? The poor suffering families of those people who lost their lives. They will never be the same. Ya have to love the American "justice" system. What a disgrace. His money's prolly in the Caymans. What a piece of crap he is. Now my taxes get to pay to keep his ass incarcerated.

Willow said...

Yeah, my gut feeling is he's got it stashed.

Now, he can declare bankruptcy, and no one can touch him.

Piece of crap, indeed.