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Political donor on trial for deadly drugs-for-sex fetish

Edward Buck
Posted at 12:29 PM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 15:29:39-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wealthy donor to Democrats is on trial in Los Angeles on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in drugs-for-sex fetish that led to two deaths and other overdoses.

Ed Buck faces nine felony counts in federal court that could lead to a life sentence if convicted at the trial that began Tuesday with jury selection. Prosecutors say Buck paid men and provided drugs in return for sex acts.

The 66-year-old Buck has pleaded not guilty.

Defense lawyers say neither fatal overdose victim died from meth, and many of the alleged victims were drug addicts.