Ed Kramer will go to trial on child molestation charges in December. Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Karen Beyers placed Kramer’s case on the calendar for the weeks of Dec. 2 and 9 reports the Gwinnett Daily Post. Still to be worked out are reasonable accommodations for health issues affecting Kramer’s ability to participate in his defense, which might alter the length of daily court sessions.
Testifying at today’s hearing, Dr. Lloydstone Jacobs, medical director at the GwinnettCounty jail, said Kramer suffers from all of the following —
[P]ain 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.
Judge Beyers also heard from the parties about Kramer’s habeas corpus complaint, which argues that the bond conditions implemented upon his release from house arrest in 2008 — particularly, that he not have unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 — were no longer valid because of a 2009 modification. Kramer is still seeking release on bond, which was denied at an earlier hearing.
Edwin Marger, one of Kramer’s attorneys at the time, testified at today’s hearing that the 2009 modification was not meant to nullify the previously agreed upon conditions of bond.
Judge Beyers reserved judgment, giving the parties until Wednesday, August 28, to file their proposed orders on the matter.
[Thanks to Don Cook and Nancy Collins for the story.]