[Pnews] Campaign to Free Brother Khalfani Khaldun

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  Campaign to Free Brother Khalfani Khaldun

by Khalfani Khaldun - June 2017

Khalfani Malik Khaldun (Leonard McQuay) is a 49-year-old Black man who 
was sent to prison in 1987 when he was only 17 years of age, with a 25 
year sentence, only to serve 12 ½, then be released back to his freedom.

While serving the 12 ½ years, prison officials served Khalfani with a 
warrant for murder, saying he was implicated in the killing of a prison 
officer which occurred on December 13th, 1994. Prison officials 
immediately sanctioned him to solitary confinement where he had no 
contact with anyone. He was a target of harassment, torture, racism, and 
vicious threats on his life. Over a long period of 20 years under the 
daily threats being made on his life by officers, with very little or no 
support from the outside, Khalfani began a downward spiral into deep 
depression, paranoia, panic, and anxiety attacks.

For 6 ½ years his case hung in the balance in Indiana courts, until a 
trial was set. Khalfani had no legal help, and being in solitary 
confinement he had no direct access to the prison law library. For 20 
years years he was denied access to rehabilitative and quality 
educational programs.

Khalfani completed 12 ½ years on July 27th, 2000. He went to trial from 
March 26th to March 31st, 2001, and was found guilty by an */all-white 
jury/* for a crime he didn’t commit. What should have been his release 
from prison ended up being a new sentence of 60 years, handed down on 
April 20th, 2001 by a judge who a year later died of a heart attack.

During the 30 years of incarceration, coupled with being held by Indiana 
Department of Corrections for 20 of those years in isolation for 23 
hours a day, he lost his mother, 3 brothers, and his only son, with whom 
he never got to spend a day in the outside world. He lost 2 sisters and 
recently his stepfather, causing him to agonize for years having 
anxiety, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and psychological anguish. 
Instead of helping him heal, the IDOC and the mental health department 
prescribed him pills to control him and provided no real mental health 
therapy. During his 20 years in solitary confinement he was constantly 
attacked by racist officers seeking to break his spirits.

Khalfani's motivation is centered on being released from prison to be 
united with his grandchildren, his loving daughter, and her mother.

The money we raise will be used to pay an attorney to work on the 
rightful release of Brother Khalfani Khaldun (Leonard McQuay).

Brother Khalfani is a parent, grandfather, and he has grown up in prison 
feeling a great responsibility in caring for his relatives, in mentoring 
youth and building better and stronger communities. He is a warmhearted 
man with a fighting spirit. He is just the man needed to pull a family 
together and work for the good of people in the neighborhood. He has 
strong faith and treats his family, friends, supporters and the wider 
community well and warmly, despite his terrible situation.

The supportteam around Bro Khalfani has found an attorney who is willing 
to take his case. For this to happen, we do need to pay a large amount 
upfront, because this involves a lot of work hours.

If we all donated a few dollars, we would have enough money to hire this 
attorney to start working on the case. Bro Khalfani is very very hopeful 
he will gain his rightful release as soon as possible with your help. 
You can help with giving freedom to this much deserving man, and at the 
same time you will invest in a community man, a family man and a great 
supporter of humanity.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

On behalf of Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun,

His support team: Annabelle, Paul, Peter, Nick, Twitch and others!

*Facts about Khalfani (Leonard McQuay)’s case:*

• In 1994, at the state prison, shortly after the officer was stabbed, 
officers walked McQuay (Khalfani) through the crime scene, contaminating 
it. Blood was everywhere.

• Two officers who had been on scene helping the officer into the 
ambulance and who had blood on their hands took his clothes.

• One small droplet of the officer’s blood was purposefully wiped on the 
cuff of Khalfani’s pants during his strip search.

• No weapon was ever discovered matching the injuries of the officer, 
and no knives that were found during the search of the prison cells had 
the officer’s blood or finger prints on them.

• In 1995, prison officials and medical staff manufactured documents to 
illegally obtain a DNA sample from McQuay (Khalfani) at Westville Prison.

• Inside the cell McQuay (Khalfani) lived in on the day the stabbing 
occurred, a bloody fingerprint was discovered on a light switch 
belonging to an unknown source. This was never pursued.

• His lawyer told McQuay (Khalfani) not to testify on his own behalf. 
Khalfani now sees that the lawyer mislead him and that he should have 
taken the stand.

• The initial public defender assigned to his case, attorney C. Price, 
set the stage for a sure guilty verdict by abandoning the case prior to 
his first trial date to be the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the same 
office that filed the charges.

  After the jury was interviewed, it was discovered that during their 
deliberations members of the jury made comments about McQuay (Khalfani) 
not testifying, made comments about his race, and already being in 
prison, as if they felt he was a trouble maker. They were prejudiced at 
the beginning.
• We have one juror who is willing to testify that she was pressured to 
vote to find him guilty. She will testify that she knew it was all 
designed for him to take the fall for the murder, and that she went to 
speak to the trial judge to let him know that she was wrong after the 
trial. He told her, “Go home, it’s too late. It’s over,” instead of 
ordering a new trial. We will push for a new trial.
• We have a prisoner’s sworn statement declaring that prison 
investigators tried to coerce them into saying they witnessed the attack 
on the officer by Khalfani.
• During his trial he was forced to wear an electronic shock belt 
strapped to his kidney and midsection, causing him to not be effective 
in communicating to his attorney.

Debunking the falsehoods:

• The trial wasn’t fair and impartial. Allowing an all-white jury to be 
selected to judge the case did violate his right to due process. *That 
was not a jury of his peers.*
• The court selected public defender C. Price to defend him initially on 
the case. Not wanting him to be released on a speedy trial request, this 
lawyer caused a delay by filing a DNA request. Then he abandoned the 
case on November 11th, 1998, by joining the Laporte County Prosecutor’s 
office. He stopped Bro Khalfani from being discharged/released from prison.
• During this period Khalfani was without council and without any say-so 
in the delays to his trial.

• The court abused its discretion when it denied Khalfani’s motion for a 

• The court abused its discretion when it gave a faulty jury instruction.

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