A federal jury final week voted to convict a white prime Democratic donor on each cost in a nine-count indictment after two Black males died and one overdosed at his West Hollywood house.
CNN reviews that Ed Buck, 66, was convicted Tuesday (July 27) on two counts of distribution of methamphetamine leading to demise, distribution of methamphetamine (4 counts), sustaining a drug-involved premises (one rely), and enticement to journey in interstate commerce for prostitution (two counts). He faces a minimum of 20 years to life in jail.
A Los Angeles federal jury deliberated for greater than 4 hours after a two-week trial. Buck’s lawyer, Ludlow Creary II, didn’t reply instantly to CNN’s request for remark.
Activist and political strategist Jasmyne Cannick, who has been an advocate for the households, instructed the The Los Angeles Times, “It was an uphill battle just because he was a white man who had money. Even if you take the ‘Democratic donor’ part out of it, you have a white man who lives in West Hollywood, and you have these Black victims who are sex workers. The scale is immediately uneven.”
LaTisha Nixon, the mom of Gemmel Moore, who died of a deadly dose of crystal methamphetamine in 2017 at Buck’s house, mentioned outside of the courthouse, “My son was more than an ‘escort,’ more than a ‘prostitute,’ as many of you guys said. This is my baby. My son. He was a human being, and he was loved by lots of people.”
Moore was 26 when he died.
On Jan. 7, 2019, Timothy Dean, 55, additionally died of a meth overdose in Buck’s house.
Additionally, a 3rd man suffered an overdose after Buck injected him with methamphetamine on Sept. 11 2019, at Buck’s residence. Thankfully, the 37-year-old man survived and testified in courtroom.
In 2019, prosecutors mentioned in courtroom paperwork, based on BBC News, “From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes. These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims.”
A sentencing date has not been scheduled as of but.
CNN notes that “Buck has donated to a number of Democratic candidates and PACs in recent years, according to information from OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in US politics. Recipients rushed to return Buck’s money after Dean’s death.”