All this fricking legal BS.
If I were Debbie, I'd just hire a cheap local lawyer, and not worry about losing, in fact I'd just do the minimum, and if that's losing, then SO WHAT?
Pay off the decision, go bankrupt, and just NOT get all wrapped up in the legal crap, and worry that one's lawyer(s) were bad or whatever.
Losing to unprincipled Scientology lawyers is NOT a loss in the public's mind.
She should give back the wealth (money or whatever settlement she got from Scientology for signing that gag agreement).
I say her best course is lose, go bankrupt, pay whoever needs be paid with whatever assets she has, and that's it.
Regain her freedom of speech, and start over. But start over FREE!!!!!
And if your defense wins, then good! But be prepared to lose, and go bankrupt, etc, but in all cases regain your freedom of speech publicly!
Even if she does that, and loses, the NDA still stands. Her inability to pay doesn't make the prohibition on talking about Scientology go away. Should she persist in breaching the terms of a contract already found by a court to be legal, wouldn't she then fall under into the "contempt of court" arena and risk imprisonment?
Which goes to show you why I didn't finish college, and didn't get even close to being a lawyer, and my legal strategy today, is "lose" the suit.
Anyways, the public think higher of people who stand on principle.
Like, give all their filthy 50 thousand dollars right back to them, and even if, like when I asked on Marty's blog, this exact question, I asked, why doesn't she give the money back, and pay any money they gave her, and just get out from the agreement, Mike said even if she did, she'd still have some problems.
Oh well, that is truly it's own lesson, but I would agree with everyone who says is is NOT easy to not sign those dumb legal docs, even though for a stretch when I was on the RPF, I refused to EVER sign another one of the damned OSA legal docs (all done by Jeannie Gavigan Reynolds of OSA today, she crafts them, tweeks them to fit the person leaving, I didn't have a settlement really, only $500 severance pay, and the "Beatty Handling Program" apathetically says I likely would stop talking even if sued, and that program suggested an existing Scientologist sue me, and a few threatened, but I handled them with "ARC" and they stopped being assholes to me, which is why "Good roads and good weather" tech sometimes works in reverse on them).
I'm not good on legal advice, my first reaction was lose, give all the money back, and suffer their bullshit, keep violating the agreement, and be a pauper, I guess like OJ did so he didn't have to pay the people he owed he money to, type life, but make it a PR nightmare for them.
Like, "Why's that old lady walking around with her sign every day. Who's Debbie Cook anyways?" , one FSO staffer asks another as they walk by homeless Debbie Cook one day near the FSO
"That's Debbie Cook, she used to be the CO FSO." The other staffer says. "We don't talk about her, forget you saw her!"
But seeing her, finding out who she is, that's a huge PR flap, were that to ever happen.
And it is NOT unreasonable.
When ED Int, Bill Franks was busted, he DID show up and protested outside the FSO, for a very short time, and the few staff who saw him, I'm sure their mental conversations in their heads went something similar to the above.
I'm sure it won't come to that, but the "lose" and protest strategy, has been a repeating pattern also.