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DragonCon founder still fighting extradition to Gwinnett

Edward Kramer

Edward Kramer

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.

Comments

kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

Innocent until proven guilty. I was told this DragonCon event was a great thing, not just a front to lovey-dovey with kids. I hope he is innocent because it will put a big dent into their next convention knowing that kid abuse might be going on.

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Jan 1 year, 8 months ago

Wow! A liberal concept from kevin!!! I do agree with the principle "Innocent until proven guilty"; however, if he is innocent, why doesn't he come back to Georgia and defend himself? DragonCon will have the stigma of the accusation as long as the charges are pending. I also note in the article how he was out on bond in Gwinnett. This means he has given his word to return for trial, thus he has broken that promise.

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kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

Since when was "innocent until proven guilty" a Liberal remark? I thought that applied to everyone.

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franksf 1 year, 8 months ago

1) Ed was NOT the founder of Dragon Con. He was a very minor partner along with others. He was the front man so the real owners could concentrate on running the convention. Once his problems came to light his minor interest was bought out. 2) the real owners never had any idea of Ed's problems until the ex-girlfriend filed charges; Ed's mistake was not getting a criminal defense lawyer in the beginning, waiting until he was in over his head. The charges against him have never included any activities involving Dragon Con 3) Dragon Con has never condoned or allowed such activity. It is most definitely a family con during the day, and is an adult con at night with all legal activities and very heavy security to make sure there are never any problems, and there haven't been any! Just ask any of the staff at the major hotels that make a fortune hosting Dragon Con every year

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BurritoJones 1 year, 8 months ago

DragonCon sees over 40,000 people come through it each year. It is not a front for anything. It's a big nerdy party.

Kramer has not had anything to do with planning or managing DragonCon in any way since 2000. Why the news still feels the need to identify him as "DragonCon founder" instead of "Ed Kramer" is beyond me.

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kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

I guess the media wants to destroy their bread-winnning money make for the city of Atlanta.

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revspook 1 year, 8 months ago

I don't think the local economy will be ruined if DC should disappear. But of course, since ed's arrest DC organizers and supporters have been involved in an unending disinformation campaign to either proclaim (P)ed and innocent man or claim he's not affiliated with DC. Neither are true.

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revspook 1 year, 8 months ago

Yes, it is a big, nerdy party that Ed owns a big piece of (same stake as Pat Henry and they are the two largest shareholders). Your money has not only helped him avoid trial for more than a decade, but gotten him sprung from the Gwinnett County jail and preying on other little boys in different states.

Of course, a real nerd could put those premises together and realize quickly that giving DC money is tantamount to giving a child sex predator money to fight his legal battles. I don't know what the hell you people are.

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revspook 1 year, 8 months ago

-Maybe if you repeat that mantra and click your heels together, then it will become fact. Well, maybe some of that garbage you're spewing will become fact.

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