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Judge Lifts Stay on Sisters' Civil Suit Against Ex-Democratic Donor Ed Buck

A judge Wednesday lifted a temporary stay that had been placed on a wrongful death lawsuit brought by three sisters whose brother died in the West Hollywood apartment of Democratic donor Ed Buck in 2019.

Joyce Jackson, Joann Campbell and Retha Singleton allege in their Santa Monica Superior Court lawsuit that Buck injected 55-year-old Timothy Dean on Jan. 7, 2019, with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine. Their court papers describe Buck as a ``wealthy white man who has a well-documented history of isolating black men for perverted sexual encounters ... in the confines of a drug den in his West Hollywood apartment.''

After a nine-day trial in July 2021, a federal jury found Buck guilty of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug- involved premises, and two counts of enticement to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution stemming from the deaths of Dean and another Black man, Gemmel Moore, who was found dead in Buck's apartment in July 2017.

The 67-year-old Buck was sentenced in April to 30 years in prison.

--City News Service


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