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Ed Kramer keeps Gwinnett deputies hopping with grievances

DragonCon founder is a "whiner of some magnitude" says Gwinnett sheriff

DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer has been a busy man. A news story that aired a month ago on WAGA-TV showed that Kramer was inundating the Gwinnett Sheriff’s office with complaints, grievances and requests—three a day, on average—as he sits in jail awaiting trial on child molestation charges. Today, an AJC article suggests he’s still at it.

Kramer, 52, has been under lock and key in Gwinnett since being extradited in January from Connecticut, where he was arrested on charges of child endangerment for sharing a hotel room with a 14-year-old boy in violation of his Georgia bond.

As soon as he was back in the Gwinnett jail, Kramer began filing formal complaints, many of which involve claims that he’s being denied the right to practice his brand of Orthodox Judaism. His requests for turkey sandwiches, religious candles and his own typewriter have all been rejected—but not before being reviewed by a deputy, a process that can often consume several man-hours of research time.

Not content with working through the jail’s grievance system, Kramer also has filed a lawsuit against the jail over many of the same issues. From the AJC:

“He appears to be a whiner of some magnitude, but that’s just my opinion,” said Sheriff Butch Conway. “It’s got to the point it’s harassment with my staff.”

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Kramer appears to be manipulating the system.

“We’re obligated by federal law and our own liability coverage that we have to follow up on every complaint, and he knows that,” Porter said. “There’s no question that it can be used for harassment.”

When last we heard from Porter, he was still attempting to schedule a new medical exam for Kramer in order to prove that the defendant has been faking many of the life-threatening ailments that have so far kept him from standing trial. Porter plans to call witnesses to say they saw Kramer—who typically appears in court in a wheelchair using an oxygen tank—hiking around rural movie sets carrying camera equipment.

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  1. George Burdell posted on 05/29/2013 06:18 PM
    Just how long must this farce perpetrated by Gwinnett County go on before some other authority takes over and tries Kramer? While it certainly looks like Kramer is guilty, it's pretty damn obvious that Gwinnett IS guilty of incompetence. I hope Porter and company are now sufficiently embarrassed and motivated enough now to do their jobs!
    1. Nancy A. Collins posted on 06/03/2013 01:18 AM
      @George Burdell I don't know. How long must the farce of DragonCon fans refusing to admit that Kramer's profits from the convention have played a major role in him avoiding justice go on?

      According to the Georgia Court of Appeals, Sherry Henry, wife of current con-chair Pat Henry, and a DragonCon board member herself, was at Ground Zero for Kramer's "I'm Too Sick To Be Stand Trial" defense.


      ” Finally, Kramer emphasizes that his attorneys failed to submit in the federal case the affidavit of SHERRY HENRY, a registered nurse who had evaluated Kramer while he was confined at the GCDC. In her affidavit, Henry describes Kramer’s deteriorating medical condition during his confinement and goes on to opine that detention center officials breached the standard of care in failing to provide Kramer proper medical treatment so as to prevent the deterioration in his condition.”

      There's PLENTY of blame to go around. DragonCon just has to man up and admit it's role in the fiasco.
  2. Laughing Gas Joker posted on 05/30/2013 11:22 AM
    It is funny how Ed is outsmarting these knuckleheads and manipulating the system to his advantage. That's what happens when you deal with a genius level manipulator like Ed. It is like a game to him.
    1. Laughing Gas Batman posted on 12/03/2013 08:50 AM
      @Laughing Gas Joker You tell 'em, Laughing Gas Joker! The world and child molesters need more HEROES like yourself! You're braver than a WWII vet, and our country's greatest shame is you'll never get a parade...
  3. Chi town girl posted on 05/30/2013 03:37 PM
    Nothing a quick bullet to the head won't solve...
  4. Uriah Moore posted on 05/31/2013 07:52 AM
    I practiced law in two countries for almost thirty years before retiring a few years back. In all of that time, I have never seen a case as poorly handled as this one. The manner in which this fellow has been allowed to manipulate the system for so long should be an embarrassment to all involved.
  5. Nancy A. Collins posted on 06/03/2013 12:49 AM
    He's using our freedoms and laws against us, just like terrorists do. Your DragonCon membership fees at work.
    1. Laughing Gas Joker posted on 06/03/2013 11:25 PM
      @Nancy A. Collins Settle down Witchy-Poo. Don't drag DragonCon into Ed's mess.
    2. Uriah Moore posted on 06/04/2013 03:06 PM
      @Nancy A. Collins The level of hyperbole in your first sentence is beyond spectacular and more than a little ridiculous. The second sentence is merely ridiculous. What this fellow is doing here has nothing to do with any fees or profits he receives from anything. The jail is required to allow him to make such complaints/requests and to supply him with the materials to do so. They are also required to respond. It costs this fellow nothing other than time out of his day and it is something he could still do even after a trial and conviction. This is not Dragoncon membership fees at work. This is our tax dollars and our system at work.

      Ms. Collins, may I make a suggestion? Get yourself and your movement and your movement's statements under better control.

      I have no horse in this race. I do not attend such conventions (too big and impersonal) and have never had any professional ties to Georgia. My only interest in this is purely academic. But from what I have seen from the two sides in this debate so far, I would be more likely to be supportive of the other side.

      You and your side tend to throw around simple sloganeering that makes no contextual sense, as you did here, in place of intelligent debate. I've also seen a great deal of hearsay, unsourced or unsubstantiated statements, and theories about events based on nothing factual whatsoever regularly put forward as salient discussion points. You also seem to have acquired many in your following whose first recourse in debate is ad hominem insults and hurling invective before then lower their level of discourse further.

      If your cause is as correct as you claim and the facts as self evident as you claim; should you not simply be keeping your discourse to those facts? Certainly more representatives from the other side of the debate that I have seen, the above "Joker" fellow being an obvious exception, are doing so. If I were scoring this on points, they would be ahead right now and their long-term game looks to be the more promising and successful of the two sides.

      Again, I have no stake in this. I'm merely an interested observer who is somewhat horrified at seeing how easily this fellow has manipulated the system and at how poorly the system has handled and countered his games. The only real "side" I am on here is the one that wishes to see this fellow finally face justice. And while I am heartened to see that his games are being met with greater resistance in recent years, I do not see where your present tactics and actions are greatly helping this to happen.
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