Supreme Court Grants Temporary Stay for Coverdale


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.


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