Schrader, though, is the lone defendant this week. Private investigator T.J. Ward, employee Frank Karic and Ed Kramer — the DragonCon co-founder and sex offender who sometimes works as a computer forensic analyst — all have reached deals to avoid standing trial.
They’re expected to testify in the case against Schrader but weren’t among the witnesses called Tuesday.
Two representatives from Gwinnett County’s information technology department did take the stand, testifying to the events that set everything in motion.
Hayat Zamayar said that, early last year, Schrader reported several technology-related issues.
First, law enforcement information that she doesn’t have access to started appearing on the printer in her chambers. Then family photos on her computer appeared to have been accessed by other county employees. Then it appeared that a prosecutor had been given permission to access her terminal.
Zamayar said the repeated issues were concerning but also called them common errors, problems that often arise with things like network printers and shared drives. He said each of the issues was quickly rectified.
According to testimony, Schrader wasn’t satisfied.
GBI special agent Sara Lue interviewed the judge several times after authorities began investigating the situation last March. Lue testified Tuesday that Schrader said she hired a private investigator because she felt there may be some type of conspiracy against her within the courthouse.
The judge reportedly told Lue that she believed her office had been bugged and suggested that District Attorney Danny Porter could be involved.
Because of those suggestions, attorneys from the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia is handling Schrader’s trial instead of Porter’s office.
Porter was called as a witness Tuesday morning and asked if he had ordered anyone in his office to hack into Schrader’s computer.
“No,” he said.