Jackie Lacey might be going down

Judge Scorches DA in Lawsuit Alleging Racial Bias in Case of Democratic Donor Ed Buck


LOS ANGELES—A federal judge on Monday grilled lawyers representing Los Angeles prosecutors about whether racial bias was a factor in the decision not to prosecute politically connected activist Ed Buck in the 2017 overdose death of a black man.

The pointed questioning came during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by the family of Gemmel Moore, who died in Buck’s home, against District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Assistant District Attorney Craig Hum, and the County of Los Angeles.

After Moore overdosed on methamphetamine, his family provided authorities with substantial evidence, including the names of several other victims, that Buck engaged in a pattern of drugging, video-taping, and sexually assaulting black men.

In July of 2018, Lacey and her colleagues declined to prosecute Buck. Six months later, after another man, Timothy Dean, died in Buck’s home, Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, filed a lawsuit accusing them of wrongful death, civil rights violations, and discriminatory conduct by failing to take seriously the complaints of black women.

“Why didn’t they follow up and bring charges against Mr. Buck?” Judge Cormac Carney asked defense attorney Farid Sharaby, who represents the defendants, on Monday.