Ed Buck, a prominent liberal activist who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates, was convicted on Tuesday of injecting men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, leading to two deaths.
A federal jury convicted Buck of two counts of meth distribution resulting in death as well as three other charges after a two-week trial that lasted more than four hours of deliberation. The 66-year-old will face a minimum of 20 years in prison on his sentence, which has yet to be determined.
The verdict was delivered four years after 26-year-old Jemel Moore was found dead of a drug overdose in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. An investigation revealed that Buck had bought a plane ticket for Moore, who was black, to fly from Texas to Los Angeles to “party and play with the old white man”.
“The party is the drugs, the drama is the sex,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Norrell told jurors in her opening statement. “If they didn’t party, they weren’t interested.”
Moore’s family and activists pressed for Buck’s arrest, alleging that his wealth, political ties and his race prevented him from facing the consequences. Despite the uproar, after Moore’s death, Buck was left free to pursue his own fetish for two years.
Moore’s mother Latisha Nixon said after the verdict, “Today is a bitter day.” “Today we have won.”
In January 2019, 55-year-old Timothy Dean again died of a meth overdose at Buck’s apartment. Before Buck was arrested that September, his third accomplice in the apartment twice a week and survived only thanks to timely medical intervention.
The man, Dan Brown, told investigators he was staying at a hotel in Skid Row when he met Buck on Adam4Adam, a gay dating and esports site, and moved in with him for part of the summer of 2019.
Brown said that according to court documents, Buck injected him with meth almost daily for about five weeks. After his second overdose, Brown said that Buck refused to call an ambulance and Brown was forced to call 911 at a nearby gas station.
“I didn’t think I was going to believe it,” Brown said after the verdict. “Staying out of that house, I didn’t know what was going to happen next.”
One of Dean’s sisters, Joan Campbell, told the Associated Press, “This man did some terrible things to humans.”
Prosecutors said Buck exploited desperate men who were homeless or battling drug addictions—many of them black—to satisfy his sexual instincts.
Buck’s defense team was led by OJ Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, who claimed that “did nothing to cause the death of any person.” Darden alleged that neither Moore nor Dean died of a methamphetamine overdose and went to Buck’s apartment voluntarily. Darden also described Buck’s associates as “manipulative people” who took advantage of his generosity to obtain money and drugs and who “had every reason to exaggerate their experiences.” “
Buck, who gave more than $500,000 to most Democratic politicians—including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—and also causes causes since 2000—four counts of meth distribution, one count of holding a drug den, and two more of being tempted to cross. cases were convicted. State lines for prostitution.
Dean’s another sister, Joyce Jackson, said, “Ed Buck would never harm anyone else, and I thank God for that.”
post with wires