LAWRENCEVILLE -- Ed Kramer continues to fight his extradition back to Gwinnett.
Kramer -- the DragonCon convention founder who's had local child molestation charges looming overhead for more than a decade -- was arrested Sept. 21, 2011, in Milford, Conn., after local police allegedly found him in a hotel room with a 14-year-old boy, a violation of his bond in Gwinnett.
In early Dec. 2012, he lost an appeal that would have conceivably blocked his extradition to Georgia. But that doesn't appear to have been the last of his efforts.
Kramer has now filed a petition to Connecticut's Supreme Court for certification, which basically asks the state's highest court to review the decision of the original appellate court. That document was filed Dec. 19 and alleges that "the extradition documents provided by the demanding state of Georgia were facially insufficient, where those documents do not state an express finding of 'probable cause,' but instead are based on 'sufficient cause.'"
Filed by attorney Susan M. Hankins, it posits that the appellate court erred in deeming Kramer a fugitive in the first place.
Due to Kramer's "medical issues," it said, "the court in (Gwinnett) accorded the petitioner unilateral control over further proceedings in the demanding state."
Steven R. Strom, Connecticut's assistant attorney general, has filed a "statement in opposition" of the petition, as well as a request to expedite its disposition.
"The public interest requires that the petition be denied and the legitimate demand of the State of Georgia be promptly honored," Strom wrote in the documents obtained by the Daily Post.
A spokeswoman confirmed that, as of Tuesday morning, the Connecticut Supreme Court had taken no action regarding the petition.
Kramer is accused of molesting three boys in Gwinnett between 1996 and 2000.
He allegedly lured two of them, ages 13 and 15 at the time, in with action figures, science fiction memorabilia and connections with celebrities after he began dating their mother. A third teen came forward in 2003.
Since his original arrest, the case against Kramer has been stalled by claims of poor health, suits and appeals. A Gwinnett judge allowed the defendant off of house arrest in 2008 on the condition he kept prosecutors abreast of his whereabouts.
Another condition of that bond -- one prohibiting unsupervised contact with children under 16 -- was broken in 2011 when authorities reportedly found him in a Milford, Conn., hotel room with a then-14-year-old boy.
The minor was acting in a low-budget horror film Kramer was involved with. Kramer claimed to be acting as the boy's guardian.
When Kramer lost his original appeal in December, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said he hoped to bring the long-pursued suspect back home by the end of the year. The most recent petition filed on Kramer's behalf is yet another setback, but Porter, confident as ever, asserted that it "will probably be denied."
"I expect him back here by the end of this month," Porter said.