“A worker clears leaves at the JZ Knight School of Enlightenment west of Yelm.”
Photo credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian Staff photographer
Jeremy Pawloski filed this report in The Olympian:
“Attorneys for Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment want a judge to award them over $715,000 they allege it cost them to enforce a contract prohibiting the release of proprietary materials belonging to the school.
RSE sought, and obtained, a permanent restraining order barring the release of such materials after videos circulated on the Internet last year depicting RSE’s leader, J.Z. Knight, making derogatory comments about Roman Catholics, Mexicans and others. RSE’s attorneys alleged former student Virginia Coverdale was responsible for the initial posting of the videos. Knight was filmed making the derogatory comments while channeling Ramtha, a 35,000 year-old warrior.”
“In a cease-and-desist letter sent last year, RSE’s attorneys notified Coverdale that she would have to pay attorneys fees, pursuant to the contract she signed upon entering the school in 2007, unless she stopped disseminating the materials, according to their motion for an award of fees and costs. ‘This letter was ignored,’ reads the motion.
‘This lawsuit would not have happened had Coverdale simply honored JZK Inc.’s request and complied with the Conditions of Participation (“CoP”) that she had twice signed,’ the motion continues. ‘Coverdale would have remained free to continue criticizing Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE), reporting code violations, alleging corruption and operating her ‘cult recovery’ web forum.'”
“Tabor [Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor] made a temporary restraining order barring the release of the videos permanent in an oral ruling June 28. Tabor said the contract signed by Coverdale was sufficient to protect such disclosures.”
Blog writer Steve Klein is in his 28th year as a student of Ramtha’s, has been employed by JZ Knight for 10 years having resided in Yelm since 1988.