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Freedom has never been free: 30 years later, friends and family to free Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Can you imagine someone you know and love spending 30 years in prison? Then imagine 20 of those years with no human contact, trapped in solitary confinement, only allowed one hour for a shower or recreation, and 23 of those hours isolated in a cage the size of your bedroom closet at home. This is the life and existence of Khalfani Malik Khaldun (Leonard McQuay), a 47-year-old black man who was sent to prison in 1987 with a 25 year sentence, only to serve 12 ½, then be released back to his freedom.

Prison itself robs you of life, health, and mental stability bit by bit once you enter its gates. 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, which stunted his growth on many levels.

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.

Having lost the only people who could help build a campaign to free him, he has been abandoned in a lot of ways. In 2014, members of the IDOC decided to release him from solitary confinement to general population, only for him to become the target of 2 more false charges that sent him back to solitary confinement until he was cleared by his tenacious filing of his own appeals. His motivation is centered on being released from prison to be united with his grandchildren, his loving daughter, and her mother.

Facts about his case

• In 1994, when it occurred at the state prison shortly after the officer was stabbed, officers walked him through the crime scene, contaminating it. Blood was everywhere.
• Two officers who had been on scene helping the officer into the ambulance and 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 him at Westville Prison.
• Inside the cell he lived in 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 him not to testify on his own behalf. He 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 him 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 him 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 his motion for a mistrial.
• The court abused its discretion when it gave a faulty jury instruction.
• The court violated established law when it allowed a knife to be admitted into evidence, as it prejudiced the all-white jury.

An urgent call to action from the desk of the friends and family campaign to free Brother Khalfani

The police continue to assassinate innocent black men inside this country, destroying the fiber of the black family and leaving our communities in disarray, while the U.S. judicial system is conspiring to ensure that black men and the poor never make it out of prison alive. Handing down these enormous sentences, there are some strong and intelligent men languishing in U.S. prisons due to a critical lack of funds. Leonard McQuay, who is known as Indiana political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun, is one of those men, who if released will be a valuable asset to the struggle at large.

Please stand in solidarity with us as we launch the legal defense fund to free Khalfani from the Indiana Department of Corrections. Make your contribution via our (add link to crowd funding site) or paypal (link paypal account). We need all of you to support Khalfani. Help us raise enough money for his legal defense (I took out the dollar amount because that large of a number might seem intimidating to potential contributors)

Campaign coordinator
Paul M.
P.O. Box 2321
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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Update #1

Freedom has never been free: 30 years later, friends and family to free Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Can you imagine someone you know and love spending 30 years in prison? Then imagine 20 of those years with no human contact, trapped in solitary confinement, only allowed one hour for a shower or recreation, and 23 of those hours isolated in a cage the size of your bedroom closet at home. This is the life and existence of Khalfani Malik Khaldun (Leonard McQuay), a 47-year-old black man who was sent to prison in 1987 with a 25 year sentence, only to serve 12 ½, then be released back to his freedom.

Prison itself robs you of life, health, and mental stability bit by bit once you enter its gates. 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, which stunted his growth on many levels.

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.

Having lost the only people who could help build a campaign to free him, he has been abandoned in a lot of ways. In 2014, members of the IDOC decided to release him from solitary confinement to general population, only for him to become the target of 2 more false charges that sent him back to solitary confinement until he was cleared by his tenacious filing of his own appeals. His motivation is centered on being released from prison to be united with his grandchildren, his loving daughter, and her mother.

Facts about his case

• In 1994, when it occurred at the state prison shortly after the officer was stabbed, officers walked him through the crime scene, contaminating it. Blood was everywhere.
• Two officers who had been on scene helping the officer into the ambulance and 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 him at Westville Prison.
• Inside the cell he lived in 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 him not to testify on his own behalf. He 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 him 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 him 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 his motion for a mistrial.
• The court abused its discretion when it gave a faulty jury instruction.
• The court violated established law when it allowed a knife to be admitted into evidence, as it prejudiced the all-white jury.

An urgent call to action from the desk of the friends and family campaign to free Brother Khalfani

The police continue to assassinate innocent black men inside this country, destroying the fiber of the black family and leaving our communities in disarray, while the U.S. judicial system is conspiring to ensure that black men and the poor never make it out of prison alive. Handing down these enormous sentences, there are some strong and intelligent men languishing in U.S. prisons due to a critical lack of funds. Leonard McQuay, who is known as Indiana political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun, is one of those men, who if released will be a valuable asset to the struggle at large.

Please stand in solidarity with us as we launch the legal defense fund to free Khalfani from the Indiana Department of Corrections. Make your contribution via our (add link to crowd funding site) or paypal (link paypal account). We need all of you to support Khalfani. Help us raise enough money for his legal defense (I took out the dollar amount because that large of a number might seem intimidating to potential contributors)

Campaign coordinator
Paul M.
P.O. Box 2321
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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