PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) – A self-help author imprisoned in the deaths of three people following a sweat lodge ceremony he led says he no longer can afford legal counsel.
James Arthur Ray is asking a judge to declare him indigent to cover the cost of certified copies of the court record and transcripts.
He’s appealing his conviction on three counts of negligent homicide, a 2-year prison sentence and restitution.
Attorneys who defended him at trial say they’ll work on the appeal pro bono.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow has set a Jan. 18 hearing in Prescott on the request.
Ray’s attorneys say he’s $11 million in debt, a figure that prosecutors have questioned for a man who once boasted a multimillion-dollar, self-help business.
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