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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
James Ray Sentencing Coming Up
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Lotta people are wondering when James Ray, the motivational guru made famous by "The Secret" and Oprah, will be sentenced.
The trial, taking place in historic Camp Verde, Arizona, goes through several phases. This is why they say the "wheels of justice" chug slowly.
Currently the case is in its "aggravation phase." Then it will go into the "mitigation phase."
The probation department will prepare a "pre-sentence" report. Only after all this is done will we get to the sentencing.
The judge makes up the dates as he goes along. In this case, it's Judge Warren Darrow. First, he has to consider the various schedules of the jurors. They would have been asked to submit calendars and the judge knows when one of them has a wedding, doctor's appt. or other personal matter to attend to.
Second, Darrow has to make sure the lawyers are on board. They do have other cases, professional commitments (speeches and seminars), and the occasional personal matter the judge will defer to.
The defendant? Well, he's usually available, barring medical situations and actual emergencies.
So....the answer to your question is, they make it up as they go along. Sentencing date will be announced as more of these pieces fall into place. Most likely a few more weeks before we know if it's probation, a little jail or a lotta jail.
Hope this helps!
ADD: Sentencing date has now been set. See this post.