Ed Kramer pleaded guilty to three of the six counts in the original indictment filed against him and has received a 20 year sentence of four five year terms to run concurrently with credit for time already served. Kramer will serve the remaining 36 months of his sentence under house arrest, has been ordered to pay $100,000 to each of his victims by July 2014, and is prohibited from interacting with anyone under the age of 16. Kramer was originally arrested in August 2000 on charges of child molestation.
Following the announcement that Dragoncon had reorganized and bought out Ed Kramer’s share, Kramer’s attorney threatened to sue Dragoncon, claiming that Kramer never agreed to the buyout. The Dragoncon board filed the first lawsuit and on November 25, Kramer settled for an undisclosed sum, although it is stated to be a small amount over what was offered in the summer. This settlement finally ends Kramer’s association with the convention he founded. Kramer is scheduled to go on trial for child molestation charges on December 2. He was arrested in 2000.
Thirteen years and one day after being arrested on child molestation charges, Atlanta area fan Ed Kramer has been scheduled to go on trial the weeks of December 2 and 9. Kramer’s trial has been postponed through a series of delaying actions taken on his behalf by his attorneys who have cited a wide variety of health issues including 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. Kramer’s trial date may still be changed if the court can’t reach reasonable accomodations for his health issues. Earlier this year, Dragon*Con, which Kramer co-founded, forced a buy-out of Kramer’s shares.
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (a.k.a. Clark Rockefeller) was found guilty earlier this year of the murder of John Sohus, a member of LASFS, in 1985. Gerhartsreiter may also have killed Linda Sohus, who vanished at the same time as her husband, but whose body has never been found. Gerhartsreiter has now been sentenced to 25 years for Sohus’s murder, plus an additional two years for the use of a deadly weapon. He is ineligible for parole.
Actress Shannon Richardson, who also goes by the name Shannon Guess, has been charged in mailing ricin to President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, and a gun-control group Bloomberg is involved with. Richardson originally called the FBI to inform that that her estranged husband had sent the ricin, but she was taken into custody recently and has apparently admitted to sending it herself. Richardson has appeared in episodes of The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead.
Ed Kramer was denied bail by an Atlanta judge who noted that his past actions indicated that he was a flight risk. Kramer, who founded Dragon*Con, was arrested in 2000 on charges of child molestation. Kramer was previously free on bond, but Judge Karen E. Beyers noted that he had not abided by the rules of his bond, including staying away from children and checking in on a traceable landline weekly.
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 52, has been found guilty of first degree murder of John Sohus in 1985. Sohus and his wife Linda were active in LASFS until their disappearance. Gerhartsreiter, who has used the aliases Christopher Chichester and Clark Rockefeller, is believed to have murdered both of the Sohuses, although Linda’s body has never been found. Gerhartsreiter originally claimed the couple had left on vacation, but John’s remains were discovered by a construction crew in 1994.
Nancy A. Collins and others have called for a boycott of Dragon*Con, the Atlanta multi-media convention held over Labor Day weekend, due to shareholder Ed Kramer receiving a reported annual dividend from the company of more than $150,000. Kramer, a founder of the convention, was first arrested in 2000 on child molestation charges which have yet to come to trial.
A Federal Court ruled that Joe Shuster’s heirs do not have the right to reclaim copyright on Superman, a character co-created by Shuster and Jerry Siegel. The judge noted that a 1992 agreement to receive annual payments from DC Comics in exchange for all rights to the character made by Shuster’s sister superseded the Shuster heirs’ claim under “termination rights” in U.S. copyright law. In 2008, Siegel’s widow was able to successfully reclaim some of the copyright.
The Philip K. Dick Trust has refiled a lawsuit against George Nolfi and Media Rights Capital, claiming breach of contract and other causes of action based on the film The Adjustment Bureau, which is an adaptation of Dick’s story “The Adjustment Team.” Nolfi and MRC have counterfiled seeking a declaration of right to the story, claiming that the story was in public domain at the time the film was made and no payments to the estate are required.