California Democratic activist and megadonor Ed Buck was ordered
held in federal custody Thursday until the disposition of a drug
charge against him following a hearing that lasted fewer than 10
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles asked for Buck, 65, to be
held without bond and public defender Claire Simonich told U.S.
Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh that Buck is “not contesting
detention at this time.”
Buck was arrested earlier this month and charged by local
prosecutors with battery causing serious injury, administering
methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. Two days later, he
was charged with one federal count of distribution of
methamphetamine resulting in death for the July 2017 death of
If convicted of the federal charge, Buck faces a mandatory
minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. The state case against
him is currently on hold.
Nana Gyamfi, an attorney for Moore's family, told reporters
outside the courthouse that the families and friends of Buck’s
alleged victims were "happy ... that Ed Buck is not torturing or
killing another black gay man."
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A criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit detailed
multiple allegations that Buck injected men with meth against
their wishes during sexual encounters. The investigation found
at least 10 alleged victims, several of whom described in
salacious detail Buck’s apparent fetish for paying men to use
drugs and have sex with him, which often took a dark turn and
led to several suspected overdoses.
Prosecutors have described Buck in court documents as a
"violent, dangerous sexual predator" whose "deadly behavior has
Walsh told Buck Thursday that he had the right to contest his
detention, but added: “I don’t see anything that would alleviate
my concern about danger” to the community.
Buck, 65, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California
candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well
known in LGBTQ political circles. According to federal records,
Buck contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups,
including $1,500 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign and
$2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
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