CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) – Prosecutors will be allowed to call an
expert to testify about why dozens of people felt that they
couldn’t leave a sweat lodge ceremony that turned deadly.
     Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow made the
ruling Monday, a day before opening statements begin in James
Arthur Ray’s manslaughter case.
     Darrow says Rick Ross can testify about large group awareness as
long as prosecutors provide an appropriate foundation.
     The judge says defense attorneys can cross-examine Ross on his
cult deprogramming practices but not bring up his criminal history.
     Darrow also is allowing prosecutors to play parts of an audio
recording of Ray’s October 2009 “Spiritual Warrior” event that
culminated with the sweat lodge ceremony.
     Three people who were among the more than 50 in the heated
enclosure died.
     Ray has pleaded not guilty.