The state Supreme Court has granted an interim stay of judgment for Virginia Coverdale in her case against JZK, Inc.
The court is still considering the motion before granting a final stay, said Coverdale’s lawyer, Breckan Scott.
Last June, Judge Gary Tabor ruled against Coverdale in a lawsuit brought by JZK, Inc. after Coverdale posted videos of JZ Knight, the purported channeler of 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior Ramtha, making controversial statements about gays, Catholics, Jewish people and Mexicans. The statements were made at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in Yelm.
Tabor made permanent a temporary injunction imposed against Coverdale that prohibited her from releasing any of the school’s proprietary materials.
In July, Tabor ordered Coverdale to pay $600,021 in attorney’s costs and fees.
Scott said lawyers for JZK, Inc. were seeking imprisonment of Coverdale as a possible means of enforcing the judgment. The interim stay prevents Coverdale from being thrown in jail while the court reviews the motion for a permanent stay, she said.
The superior court doesn’t have the authority to stay enforcement unless Coverdale posts a bond. Coverdale doesn’t have cash or assets, Scott said. The Supreme Court sometimes stays enforcement under special circumstances, she said.
Scott said her client would seek a stay throughout the appeal process.
“In this case I believe a stay pending the entire appeal is appropriate given the reprehensible collection tactics … since entry of judgment,” Scott said.