Sheila Polk is Yavapai’s first female County Attorney :: she’s currently serving her third term in that capacity. James Arthur Ray is Yavapai’s first guru of mass casualty causation :: and he might serve three terms himself.

Presented above is fourteen minutes of Ms. Polk’s terrific two-and-a-half hour closing argument.

If you’d like to see the highlights of Mr. Li’s arguments :: you can read the tweets below :: or you can go and make your own stupid videos. It was bad enough I had to hear it the first time.

A second round of arguments today … and then the flap closes on James Arthur Ray.


 

– Limiting instructions are stupid. Ms. Polk continues her close … #JamesRay – 06-16 17:21:15 –


 

– “Why can’t I do a weenie ass lodge … you’ll feel like you’re going to die …” clip played. #JamesRay – 06-16 17:25:41 –


 

– “It’s okay to die.” {not really} #JamesRay – 06-16 17:26:31 –


 

– Ms. Polk explains how the pre-lodge briefing conforms to the elements of the crime. He intended recklessness … #JamesRay – 06-16 17:29:29 –


 

– Ms. Polk begins a recap of the testimony … #JamesRay – 06-16 17:30:00 –


 

– Amy passed out on Kim :: Kim yelled out :: Amy gets dragged out past #JamesRay … it was only the 4th round. – 06-16 17:30:49 –


 

– Delirious Lou falls into the pit screaming … crawls out bleeding right in front of #JamesRay … – 06-16 17:31:46 –


 

– It was chaos. 25 people dragged out … many unconscious. #JamesRay telling people to shut up. – 06-16 17:32:56 –


 

– Ms. Polk asks the jury to ask themselves :: If Mr. Ray had stopped the ceremony would people still be alive? #JamesRay {yes} – 06-16 17:34:54 –


 

– People were obviously passing out … just what #JamesRay wanted. – 06-16 17:36:19 –


– Was Liz trying to make up for “disappointing” #JamesRay in the ladies-like-wine incident? – 06-16 17:38:01 –


 

– “James, it’s Laura, I’m concerned about Liz.” #JamesRay “Liz has done this before … she knows what she’s doing.” – 06-16 17:38:52 –


 

– Laurie G. heard the Laura/James exchange :: she thought Liz looked and sounded awful. #JamesRay – 06-16 17:40:42 –


 

– Lou crawls back in :: burned and gashed :: he hears Liz’s death breathing. #JamesRay – 06-16 17:42:05 –


 

– No one was attending to Liz after the lodge :: Dr. Wagoner goes to her :: her skin was already cooled. #JamesRay – 06-16 17:44:28 –


 

– Retweet of April Santiago (DatelineApril) Jurors’ eyes all focusing on Polk. Some are leaning in to listen. #jamesray – 06-16 17:44:35 –


 

– Melissa Philipps called out FIVE times about Kirby’s troubles :: but #JamesRay didn’t care. – 06-16 17:46:43 –


 

– When James Shore tried to allow air in for the dying :: #JamesRay shouted him down. – 06-16 17:47:28 –


 

– “We’ll deal with it at the end of the round” #JamesRay – 06-16 17:47:46 –


 

– “Beverley you especially are better than this …” says asshole #JamesRay So Dr. Bunn stays. – 06-16 17:49:14 –


 

– Dr. Bunn hears #JamesRay disregard screams about people not breathing. Let’s do another round!!! – 06-16 17:50:06 –


 

– Kirby was still breathing when Dr. Bunn crawled passed her … but then she was left to cook for 15 more minutes. #JamesRay – 06-16 17:51:45 –


 

– Ms. Polk asks if Kirby would still be alive if #JamesRay had actually made some efforts to help after the lodge ended. – 06-16 17:52:48 –


 

– Ms. Polk is really something when she gets going. #JamesRay – 06-16 17:53:42 –


 

– James Shore drags out Sidney Spencer :: then calls out for help :: “we need help over here” … #JamesRay – 06-16 17:55:22 –


 

– Dawn said that Mr. Shore was also struggling :: and had been throughout :: didn’t stop him from trying to help … #JamesRay – 06-16 17:56:41 –


 

– “Turn off the light” yells #JamesRay :: simultaneously being both a dick and an idiot. – 06-16 17:57:53 –


 

– “Really, they’re not breathing? They’ll be fine … that’s where they need to be.” Good times. #JamesRay – 06-16 17:58:40 –


 

– Sarah heard #JamesRay say people passing out was “a good thing.” – 06-16 17:59:44 –


 

– Aware :: conscious disregard :: unjustified risk of death. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:00:36 –


 

– Ms. Polk uses the oft mentioned waiver as further evidence that #JamesRay was on notice of the risk of death and serious injury. – 06-16 18:02:09 –


 

– “A reasonable person knows that people can die from intense heat.” #JamesRay – 06-16 18:03:33 –


 

– Mr. Ray’s instructions for the heat endurance challenge were the exact opposite of the instructions Dr. Dickson would have given. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:06:29 –


 

– #JamesRay’s actions after the lodge show that he got what he was intending. He wanted chaos … he got it. – 06-16 18:08:45 –


 

– Retweet of Michele (MicheleInSedona) Polk: Over & over in this case you’ve heard that #JamesRay intended to bring participants next to death for an altered state. – 06-16 18:10:13 –


 

– Ms. Polk talking about the humanity of the dead. #JamesRay can’t relate. – 06-16 18:13:26 –


 

– Ms. Polk plays the James Shore clip again. Mistrials dancing in Mr. Li’s head. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:15:02 –


 

– Ms. Polk says Mr. Shore’s actions showed a person living impeccably. “What a contrast between teacher and student” #JamesRay – 06-16 18:16:25 –


 

– Mr. Shore had the chance to leave after saving Sidney :: but he didn’t. He went back to Kirby. #JamesRay closes the flap. – 06-16 18:17:53 –


 

– “Time and time again the opportunity was there to reverse the course of events. But #JamesRay chose not to stop.” – 06-16 18:20:00 –


 

– Mr. Ray senselessly and recklessly snuffed out the lives of Kriby :: James :: and Liz. That’s what it’s all about. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:23:30 –


 

– Speaking of impeccable … Ms. Polk completes 16 months of unwavering competence. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:24:53 –


 

– Mr. Li begins his close :: I’m gonna try to watch it all … but no promises. I’ve had enough of his whiney little voice. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:42:51 –


 

– Mr. Li starts his close by talking about how he’s been slighted and it makes him angry. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:44:19 –


 

– Mr. Li delivers a TeaParty style message about “the founders” … okay then. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:45:05 –


 

– Mr. Li thanking the jurors :: he’s very ungood at faking genuine. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:46:40 –


 

– Sweet this is an AWFUL start … just what fake robots were hoping for!! #JamesRay – 06-16 18:47:37 –


 

– Mr. Li :: “look into your souls” … ha! #JamesRay – 06-16 18:48:03 –


 

– Mr. Li uses the number of “limiting instructions” the Judge has given as evidence of the State’s misdeeds. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:49:22 –


 

– Retweet of Michele (MicheleInSedona) Li is playing the role — to perfection — of the mighty taking a fall. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:50:04 –


 

– Mr. Li :: “What the State has been doing is just wrong.” #JamesRay – 06-16 18:51:01 –


 

– Li agrees that the tape is the “best evidence” :: I guess that’s why Munger Tolles and Olson refused to turn it over for months. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:53:06 –


 

– Mr. Li says the pre-lodge instruction was really about “safety” :: you know :: if you don’t listen to the governments “spin”. #JamesRay – 06-16 18:54:02 –


 

– Hello my name is Luis Li :: and this is my first murder defense. Can you tell? #JamesRay – 06-16 18:54:25 –


 

– Retweet of April Santiago (DatelineApril) Jury is very attentive to Li’s closing. No obvious reactions on their faces. Some are taking notes. #jamesray – 06-16 18:54:42 –


 

– The Constitution :: the Grand Canyon :: Jesus of Nazareth :: the Founders …. dot dot dot … you must acquit! #JamesRay – 06-16 18:56:20 –


 

– Mr. Li should always smoke a joint before he starts :: calm down little man :: calm down! #JamesRay – 06-16 18:58:43 –


 

– Mr. Li goes over the instruction about drawing a bad inference against the State if evidence was destroyed without explanation. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:02:04 –


 

– The State’s destruction of imaginary evidence is unconscionable! #JamesRay – 06-16 19:03:38 –


 

– Second mention of the limiting instructions as though they were evidence. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:04:23 –


 

– Mr. Li thinks the idea of “conditioning” fails common sense. What about science though? #JamesRay – 06-16 19:07:44 –


 

– Marines can’t be conditioned. Except for all the Marines captured during the Korean war who were totally conditioned. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:08:36 –


 

– Mr. Li approaches #JamesRay and puts his hand on him :: “he has a name” – 06-16 19:09:20 –


– Mr. Li complains about the victims pictures on the screen :: really more a legal issue … why should the jury care? #JamesRay – 06-16 19:10:08 –


 

– More TeaParty stuff before lunch. Jury dismissed for lunch. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:11:42 –


 

– Ms. Polk objects to the use of limiting instructions as evidence … putting the “weight of the court” behind the defense. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:13:22 –


 

– A limiting instruction about limiting instructions. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:24:07 –


 

– Mr. Li says that “when he was a prosecutor” Ms. Polk would have been suspended and investigated for her arguments. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:26:32 –


 

– Judge thinks if the violations were so horrible :: then his not grating the mistrial must be a massive error? #JamesRay – 06-16 19:27:29 –


 

– That was not normal. There was no reason for this thing to be so not normal. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:31:14 –


– If you’re a good reporter :: you should be looking into the connections between Munger Tolles & Olson … and The Secret. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:32:41 –


 

– Lunch. Ms. Polk is gonna get her instruction about instructions … I guarantee it. #JamesRay – 06-16 19:35:23 –


 

– Retweet of just jacqui (justjacqui3) @RayShouldPay DId he just diss you? “I am NOT a robot” #JamesRay – 06-16 19:49:08 –


 

– No audios. Maybe Mr. Kelly is arguing that it’s Ms. Polk who should be jailed. #JamesRay – 06-16 20:48:41 –


 

– The instruction about the instruction is to be given. #JamesRay – 06-16 20:57:04 –


 

– The sound always works on the pre-roll commercial … so at least there’s that. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:02:55 –


 

– Retweet of Yakaru (yakaru309) Oh shit it’s Li still. Forget it, @CNNlive, leave the audio off till he finishes #JamesRay – 06-16 21:04:08 –


 

– Mr. Li tells the jury to not have emotions. Just like #JamesRay!! – 06-16 21:05:57 –


 

– The First Amendment comes first … so you must acquit. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:07:09 –


 

– Mr. Li holds up LaurieG’s “civil lawsuit” and gives the jury a civics lesson about how “civil lawsuits” are “civil lawsuits” #JamesRay – 06-16 21:09:20 –


 

– If Microsoft sues Apple … that’s not criminal. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:10:28 –


 

– Mr. Li :: Were not talking about martians here folks. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:13:19 –


 

– People land expensive planes on expensive ships … but that’s not what Ms. Polk has done. Think about it. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:14:44 –


 

– FREEEEEEDOM!! #JamesRay dot dot dot the founders – 06-16 21:15:40 –


 

– Mr. Li talks about his Dad fleeing China. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:17:16 –


 

– Mr. Li climbed Denali :: which he called Mt. Mckinley :: because there are no Native Americans watching this trial. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:19:30 –


 

– Our country allows us to die on Mt. Mckinley. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:20:21 –


 

– Mr. Li argues that the waiver didn’t show that #JamesRay knew about the risks :: countering a counter argument = fail. – 06-16 21:24:11 –


 

– The waivers put the signatories on notice of the risks :: but not the drafters … bizarro law. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:26:20 –


 

– Retweet of Tom McFeeley (TomMcFeeley) Luis Li: A pro-Oreo attorney. #jamesray – 06-16 21:27:02 –


 

– Mr. Li counters the argument that Ms. Polk didn’t make about James Shore going back in to save people because of “conditioning”. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:29:10 –


 

– “The evidence was that more than half of the people chose to leave” #JamesRay – 06-16 21:30:13 –


 

– Mr. Li uses the word “brainwashing” again :: thanks cause the State never said that … but it’s the effing truth. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:31:17 –


 

– The “not a cult” argument for some reason involves using the word “cult” ten times. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:32:03 –


 

– Mr. Li says that “I am the alpha and omega” was just Mr. Ray quoting the bible. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:33:09 –


{pause} I am God {pause}

– Nobody thought #JamesRay was God :: xcept #JamesRay of course. – 06-16 21:33:37 –


 

– Mr. Li does an impression of Ms. Polk being irritating … but it reminds me more of Mr. Li being irritating. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:34:55 –


 

– Mr. Li quotes the contested hearsay evidence from the Laurie G. lawsuit. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:37:17 –


 

– We can’t even know if the victims wanted to die because they are dead. #JamesRay was framed! – 06-16 21:41:11 –


 

– “Let’s assume that #JamesRay was jerk screaming at Liz” … but that doesn’t mean she was “conditioned” – 06-16 21:42:08 –


 

– Mr. Li gives a “summer camp is ending” speech to the jury. Li and Jury friends … we’re all friends here. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:44:31 –


 

– If the dead bodies weren’t hot … you must acquit. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:46:25 –


 

– There is an inverse correlation between chart size and chart relevance. #JamesRay #math – 06-16 21:47:51 –


 

– James and Kirby weren’t cooled by water. #JamesRay {more by dying} – 06-16 21:48:55 –


– Mr. Li takes a drink of the water that was just being splashed on Liz in his example. Tasteful! #JamesRay – 06-16 21:51:32 –


 

– Li says the State brought in Dr. Dickson to disagree with the medical examiners. Interesting way to remember the Dickson disaster. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:57:49 –


 

– Desperation palpable … recess. #JamesRay – 06-16 21:58:33 –


 

– I hope when Det. Diskin takes #JamesRay out of the courtroom in handcuffs :: that he keeps his shit together an moves safely clockwise. – 06-16 22:10:38 –


 

– Retweet of just jacqui (justjacqui3) #JamesRay may not agree with me, but this is the best closing argument I’ve ever seen… – 06-16 22:11:22 –


 

– Mr. Li :: “Why test for it if it doesn’t matter?” :: good question! #JamesRay – 06-16 22:25:28 –


 

– Liz Neuman was “very very cold” according to Dr. Wagoner via Mr. Li … #JamesRay – 06-16 22:26:39 –


 

– Has the State “proved to you” that Liz was cooled? #JamesRay {nope … but they proved she was dead} – 06-16 22:28:26 –


 

– Mr. Li approaches the State’s table and leans on it. Ms. Polk doesn’t look scared. #JamesRay – 06-16 22:30:55 –


 

– On Oct 8th an EMT said it could be OP’s or carbon monoxide and Mr. Li has a tape to prove it. #JamesRay – 06-16 22:32:51 –


 

– Mr. Li says 80 people a year die from hunting :: only 72 more than OP’s. #JamesRay – 06-16 22:34:18 –


 

– Why didn’t Det. Diskin do an investigation? #JamesRay {dear Jury, please forget about 4 months of testimony} – 06-16 22:35:39 –


 

– Retweet of Maria Andros (MariaAndros_) It was ted!! #jamesray pretending to be an EMT – 06-16 22:39:55 –


 

– Sidebar :: surely about Mr. Li continuing to reference people “not being called to testify” as evidence. #JamesRay – 06-16 22:44:11 –


 

– Stephen Ray didn’t have heat stroke :: his kidney’s just spontaneously combusted. #JamesRay – 06-16 22:50:56 –


 

– Mr. Li :: Why didn’t the State call all the doctors? #JamesRay {why didn’t the defense?} – 06-16 22:53:14 –


 

– “Maybe these folks have some heat related stuff.” #JamesRay – 06-16 22:56:20 –


 

– Mr. Li takes another sip of Liz’s water. #JamesRay – 06-16 22:58:16 –


 

– This is a horrible argument :: but I commend Mr. Li for limiting his “literallys” … #JamesRay – 06-16 22:59:54 –


 

– Dr. Dickson seemed like a nice guy … so it makes Mr. Li sad that he was such a liar. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:04:01 –


 

– When Mr. Li is at the podium :: sound is coming from both mics … it hurts me. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:05:43 –


 

– Dr. Paul is God … that’s news to #JamesRay. – 06-16 23:06:20 –


 

– Dr. Paul went to “the Harvard of Canada” :: which is kinda like going to Ohio State. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:15:18 –


 

– “You know what happens if you’re the kind of doctor who will say anything for money?” #JamesRay {um … you get rich?} – 06-16 23:17:44 –


 

– Orthodontists aren’t pathologists. #JamesRay … no offense folks – 06-16 23:18:35 –


 

– Mr. Li :: “Why did the State even need to hire Dr. Dickson?” #JamesRay {um … cause he was the case’s best witness??} – 06-16 23:30:42 –


 

– Retweet of thefash (thefash) Luis Li to jury “I don’t want to kill you guys”…. word choice fail #jamesray – 06-16 23:30:55 –


 

– Mr. Li :: Dr. Paul was a “better deal” at $400 per hour :: probably true … bullshit should be more expensive. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:32:40 –


 

– If you called Luis Li and asked him for his opinion about wills or patents … he wouldn’t give them. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:33:28 –


 

– However :: Mr. Li did take a copyright case for Rhonda Byrne of The Secret :: so I guess he’s a copyrights and murders expert. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:34:27 –


 

– Look Mom :: I’m an expert on The Secrets … http://t.co/J3Py5z2 #JamesRay – 06-16 23:38:29 –


 

– Dr. Dickson has a wikipedia addiction … #JamesRay – 06-16 23:41:50 –


 

– Gong! Gong! Gong! #JamesRay – 06-16 23:43:55 –


 

– Dr. Paul is “done” if he was bullshiting. #JamesRay {okay pollyanna} – 06-16 23:45:17 –


 

– … fake … slow … clapping … #JamesRay – 06-16 23:48:03 –


 

– Ms. Polk is like :: “is it almost overs?” :: Mr. Li wants two more hours “in all candor”. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:51:21 –


 

– OMG that was painful … but I’m sure “the founders” were impressed and grateful. Evening recess … one more day. #JamesRay – 06-16 23:54:18 –


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