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Oral arguments set in self-help author's appeal

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The motivational speaker who served time behind bars for holding a deadly sweat lodge ceremony in northern Arizona plans to appeal his conviction.

James Arthur Ray got out of the state prison in Buckeye last month. He served nearly two years -- for the deaths of three people in 2009, near Sedona.

A jury convicted Ray of negligent homicide.

Next month -- the court of appeals will hear arguments by his lawyers. They'll be questioning the conduct of prosecutors, as well as some of the jury instructions.

But in a cross-appeal, the Office of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will argue the jury should have been told the self-help guru had the responsibility of helping people in distress at the 'spiritual warrior retreat' -- and also had a duty to prevent putting their health and safety at risk.

Several people got sick and lost consciousness during Ray's sweat lodge ceremony.

Three people died: Kirby Brown, of New York State, Liz Neuman, of Minnesota, and James Shore, of Milwaukee.

Participants paid nearly $10,000 to attend the weeklong retreat.

Follow this story: Leader of Arizona sweat lodge leaves prison

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