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Defense Attorneys Seek New Trial in AZ Sweat Lodge Case
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Attorneys for a self-help author convicted of negligent homicide want a new trial based on what they say was egregious misconduct by prosecutors.

James Arthur Ray's attorneys outlined 10 categories in a motion filed Monday in which they allege misconduct throughout the trial that began in mid-February.

The defense says one of the most recent examples is that prosecutors played an audio clip that never was admitted into evidence. Jurors heard the clip before deliberating on aggravating factors.

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk acknowledged the error. But she says the information was cumulative and did not prejudice Ray.

The judge won't decide on the motion this week. He's out on vacation.

Three people, including a Prior Lake woman, died following a sweat lodge ceremony Ray led in October 2009 near Sedona. He awaits sentencing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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