Ed Kramer asks for new bond, despite violating old one
If the DragonCon co-founder's request isn't a joke, he should've picked another day to make it
Having been extradited back to Georgia from Connecticut after apparently violating one of the most lenient bond agreements imaginable, DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer has now summoned the chutzpah to ask to be bonded out of the Gwinnett County jail, where he awaits trial on decade-old child-molestation charges.
Kramer’s newest high-priced attorney, Brian Steel—Bob Barr seemingly having bowed out to focus on his run for his old seat in Congress—may have inadvertently provided a commentary on his chances for success by filing his client’s motion for bond last Monday, April Fool’s Day.
According to Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter, the motion was boilerplate, with none of Kramer’s usual requests for special accommodations due to ill health. You’ll recall that Kramer had managed to avoid trial for more than ten years by claiming he was incapacitated and couldn’t handle the rigors of sitting in a courtroom.
Judge Karen Beyers has not yet ordered a hearing on the bond motion, but Porter says he’ll argue against it.
"Kramer has violated the terms of his previous bond, so we will oppose any bond being granted," he told the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Also, no date has been set for the child-molestation trial, Porter tells Atlanta magazine, because the D.A’s office is still trying to get Kramer examined by a doctor to determine his fitness to stand trial. In past years, Gwinnett judges had accepted the opinion of Kramer’s own doctors in deeming the defendant infirm, but Porter plans to insist on an independent examination.