Ed Buck hires ex-O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden in fatal drug cases

by Editorial Team

Disgraced Democratic donor Ed Buck has retained a new lawyer, The Los Angeles Times confirmed.

The 65-year-old political fund-raiser has hired famed prosecutor Christopher Darden to represent him in a high profile criminal case that has sent the once sought-after donor to the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles, while he awaits his trial.

Darden gained notoriety as a co-prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995.He replaced Buck’s deputy public defender, Claire Simonich, on Dec. 5.

According to legal documents, Buck is accused of luring poor men to his West Hollywood apartment for drug-fueled sex in exchange for money.

He allegedly injected the men with high doses of the drug methamphetamine, which led 10 of them to overdose.

The drug overdoses include two fatalities: 55-year-old Timothy Dean, who died in January, and 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, who died in July 2017.

Buck was arrested on Sept. 17 and charged with operating a drug den out his West Hollywood apartment, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

In October, he was indicted on two counts of distributing methamphetamine resulting in a death and three counts of distributing methamphetamine.

He is also charged in state court with battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine, and operating a drug house.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

It’s unclear how Buck will pay for his new, well-known lawyer.

Earlier this year, Darden represented the accused killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle, but had to drop out of the case in May, after reportedly receiving multiple death threats.

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