After delays, house arrest and an endless sucession of lawsuits, former Dragon Con co-founder Ed Kramer is finally going to trial After a hearing, discussing Kramer’s health issues, Judge Karen Beyers announced Kramer’s trial for child molestation for Dec. 2 and 9.
Following accusations by two teenaged boys that he had acted improperly towards them, Kramer was originally charged in Aug. 25, 2000. he has avoided trial since then by claiming ill health. His health issues were still on display at yesterday’s hearing:
According to Jacobs’ testimony, Kramer suffers from all of the following: pain related to a cervical (neck) fusion; Type II diabetes; psoriatic arthritis; hypothyroidism; asthma; COPD, or emphysema; sleep apnea; narcoplepsy; fluid retention in his feet; “moderate to severe” hearing loss; and a recent bout with staph infections. Jacobs said all of the defendant’s issues are being addressed and controlled with medication or other treatments, and that Kramer rarely complains of any side effects from that long list of medications.
Kramer used a walker to enter the courtroom Monday, breathing heavily even with an oxygen tank. Long black beard and hair topped with a large black yamulke, his hearing aid frequently interrupted proceedings.
Key is the length of time Kramer would reasonably be able to sit attentively in a courtroom for trial. Jacobs deferred the ultimate recommendations to a pair of specialists, but said he didn’t see any reason why Kramer wouldn’t be able to endure two four-hour sessions per day with a 60- or 90-minute break in between.
Is this long nightmare finally going to end one way or another?
In July, Dragon Con finally formally split from Kramer, following many protests that they cut ties with him.
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