Facts about Khalfani’s 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 [that] 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 Khalfani’s right to due process. That was not a jury of his peers.
• The court selected public defender C. Price to defend Khalfani 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 Khalfani’s 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 Crowdfunding page. We need all of you to support Khalfani. Help us raise enough money for his legal defense.
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Terre Haute, IN 47802