Dumbass Statements by James Ray’s Legal TeamFebruary 25, 2010
With James Ray probably about to be unleashed on society again, here’s a quick review of some of the stupider things Ray’s legal team came out with during the bail hearing.
“Despite misconceptions perpetrated in the media, Mr. Ray is not a man of significant assets and certainly not the millions reported in the press.”
Let me assist you in everything from setting and achieving your goals to building the million dollar lifestyle you deserve.- James Ray
“Ray himself has touted his wealth and success in numerous media interviews and on his Web site, including an estimated $10 million in revenue in 2009 and a seven-figure advance for his book, “Harmonic Wealth” that hit the New York Times Best Sellers List in May 2008.” [link]
[Li] said Ray’s bond was set with poorly researched financial information, based on the assumption that his main company was making a lot of money.
Richard Lee Echols, a fraud examiner from an investigative arm of the Justice Department, detailed Ray’s accounts from a stack of over 900 submitted documents standing over a foot tall.
James Ray only earned about $100 in product sales in the last month.
See? That only works out to be $1200 a year. Ray has actually been living well below the poverty line.
“There is two and a half months of approximately $900 000 a month that is missing. I would like to know where that is, as a fraud examiner.” (Echols again.)
“If Bill Gates got in an accident in Yavapai County, his bond would be set at $2 billion,” Li said.
I predict: if they keep going with this “accident” nonsense they will run into big trouble in the trial. That strategy was dreamed up before the witness statements were released showing a long history of negligent, indifferent and extreme risk taking in earlier sweat lodges and groups in general. Everything about Ray’s behaviour since then confirms this. (And if Bill Gates was charged with a triple manslaughter, maybe they wouldn’t let him out at all.)
Witness called by the defense, Ray’s bookkeeper, Alex Smyth:
“My opinion that he’s not a flight risk is simply that being a man of wanting to lead by example, being that his very business is about showing people a good example of how to be people of integrity, there’d be no reason for him to behave that way.” [Link]
Not surprised he stumbled a bit over that statement. He managed to keep a straight face though.
Bail bondsman Jeff Wilhelm:
“He is not a flight risk because this is the kind of case a defendant would certainly like to contest and fight.”
Yup, it’s an open and shut case. The man is innocent. The witnesses are lying and it’s just a coincidence that dozens of them independently tell the same lies….Actually, this statement clearly implies that Ray would be a flight risk if this wasn’t kind of case he’d want to fight!
Luis Li’s closing statement:
“What’s happening here is wrong. It’s just plain wrong. It’s like the state created special rules for Mr. Ray, that he should get the highest bond in Yavapai County history.”
Yup, if anyone creates a special set of rules for Mr Ray, it’ll be be Mr Ray himself, thank you very much.