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Dragon*Con co-founder will stay in jail until trial

Ed Kramer

Ed Kramer

LAWRENCEVILLE — Dragon*Con co-founder Ed Kramer will remain in jail until his long-delayed day in court.

According to documents obtained by the Daily Post, Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Karen Beyers has denied Kramer’s claim of habeas corpus, or wrongful imprisonment. The motion , filed in February, argued that bond never should’ve been revoked in the first place.

Beyers didn’t agree.

“After having heard evidence and argument of counsel, the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is Dismissed and Denied,” she wrote in an order dated Sept. 13. The decision means Kramer will not be granted bond prior to trial.

Kramer, who co-founded Atlanta-based science fiction convention Dragon*Con, has been facing child molestation charges in Gwinnett since his original arrest in 2000, when two teen boys made claims he had molested them. A third came forward later.

Thanks to religious and medical complaints, a trial has been averted ever since. In the meantime, Kramer has traveled as far as Jerusalem. He was brought back to Gwinnett in January after he was reportedly caught alone in a Connecticut hotel room with a 14-year-old boy, a violation of his bond.

A high-powered defense team filed the habeas corpus complaint on Kramer’s behalf about a month into his return visit at the Gwinnett County jail, arguing that he should be a free man until trial: A 2009 modification, they argued, wiped out the previous conditions of bond that created the violation up north.

District Attorney Danny Porter has asserted, and Beyers agreed, that previous stipulations were implied in the modification, which placed Kramer on a personal recognizance bond.

Last month, Kramer’s case was placed on the trial calendar for Dec. 2.