Long-time Democratic donor Ed Buck is facing up to life in prison for his role in the drug-related deaths of two California men.
As the Washington Examiner reported, Buck was found guilty this week in Los Angeles Superior Court of providing methamphetamine to 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, and 55-year-old Timothy Dean at his home in West Hollywood.
Buck forced men to inject meth
Among those who testified in the trial included Dane Brown, who recalled how Buck reportedly forced him to inject methamphetamine, an experience that he said nearly lead to his death.
“I felt like I was going to pass out, and my heart was beating hard, and I was nervous and felt like I was about to die,” Brown recalled to the jury.
“Something in my [mind], my mother, it was as if she was telling me to ‘Get up. Get up. That’s it! I’m going to the hospital,'” Brown added.
“Ed Buck was sitting on me”
Another witness in Buck’s trial said he awoke to find Buck sitting on top of him as the high-profile Democrat was in the act of injecting methamphetamine.
“When I woke up, Ed Buck was sitting on me and facing me, injecting me with crystal meth,” Carlos Sinclair recounted. “[Buck] said, ‘Don’t move because there is a needle in your arm.'”
For his part, Buck’s attorney insisted that that his client and the victims engaged in consensual drug use and sexual activity, saying, “Ed Buck is not the monster that the government is portraying him as.”
Buck the money raiser
A 2019 Los Angeles Times article stated that Buck raised more than half-million dollars for various Democratic politicians, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
Other beneficiaries reportedly included Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Some have reported that his ability to deliver high-dollar donations to high-profile candidates allowed him to operate virtually without consequences.
Political consultant Jasmyne Cannick said of Buck, “It’s more than race and class. It is also political. This is a man protected by the Democratic Party.”
The Times piece noted that prosecutors alleged Buck specifically sought out homeless gay black men that he would lure to his West Hollywood apartment before either encouraging or forcing them to consume various illegal narcotics.