On Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Democratic Party businessman and donor Ed Buck of nine felony charges that could land him in prison for life, the AP reported.
Buck, 66, was found guilty in the deaths of two young men who overdosed on methamphetamine, supplied in exchange for sexual encounters at his apartment.
According to the Los Angeles Times, he was also found guilty on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, solicitation to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, and maintaining a drug stash, among others.
During the two-week trial, men testified that they were hired by Buck to show their naked bodies and be injected with methamphetamine and GHB. Portions of videos showing Buck during his sex parties were also demonstrated.
The conviction came exactly four years after the death of Gemmel Moore, the first of the men found in his West Hollywood apartment. The other man found in January 2019 was named Timothy Dean.
It should be noted that the businessman is a former West Hollywood City Council candidate and donated more than $500 thousand to candidates, overwhelmingly Democrats, over the past 20 years. Some activists believe it was why he was not arrested until Sept. 2019, after a third man, Dane Brown nearly died following an overdose at the convicted man’s home.
Brown testified that during Sept. 2019, he overdosed twice in the defendant’s apartment over the course of a week and that after the second overdose, Buck refused to call for an ambulance to assist him. Hence, he had to go to a gas station to call 911 so he could be treated.
He also recounted that he moved in with Buck in the summer of that year after meeting him on the gay dating and escort website Adam4Adam and that Buck injected him with methamphetamine almost daily for five weeks.
After the verdict, Brown was pleased and confessed that he didn’t think this would happen and that after leaving Buck’s apartment that September night, he didn’t know what was going to happen next.
Moore’s mother said that although a victory was won, it was a bittersweet day for her.
The jury deliberated for more than 4 hours before finding the defendant guilty, and there is still no scheduled sentencing date.
During the trial, the defense, which included a former prosecutor in the OJ Simpson case, argued that none of those who died in Buck’s apartment from overdoses were from methamphetamine. Many of the alleged victims were drug addicts.
It should be noted that the defendant pleaded not guilty.
Thanks to the trial, a troubling issue that came to light is that Ed Buck openly displayed on his profiles on the gay dating site Adam4Adam that he was asking men to “party and play.” That phrase refers to using crystal methamphetamine in sexual encounters.
This exposes the danger to the LGBT community with the constant use of methamphetamine and other drugs during sexual encounters.