Oral arguments set in self-help author's appeal

James Arthur Ray

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 1:53 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Attorneys for a self-help author convicted of negligent homicide soon will argue to have those convictions overturned.

James Arthur Ray was released from prison last month after serving nearly two years for the deaths of three people following a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony he led near Sedona.

Ray's attorneys have challenged the jury's verdicts in the state Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are set for Sept. 11.

Ray's attorneys have called into question some jury instructions and the conduct of prosecutors in Yavapai County.

In a cross-appeal, the attorney general's office says jurors should have been told that Ray had a duty to aid participants in distress and to avoid putting them at an unreasonable risk of harm.

Kirby Brown, of Westtown, N.Y.; James Shore, of Milwaukee; and Liz Neuman, of Prior Lake, Minn., were killed.

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