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August 18, 2011

Quanell X to protest Judge Layne Walker

Quanell X, the leader of the New Black Panther Nation, is planning another visit to the Golden Triangle, this time to protest two sentences handed down by Judge Layne Walker’s 252nd District Court.

The Houston community activist will lead a press conference at noon Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Quanell X is alleging that Walker’s court is racially biased in connection with the recent sentencing of two robbery cases.

According to a press statement issued on behalf of Quanell X, Walker sentenced a teenage black male 99 years for a robbery case. Another man, Jordan Thomas, was also charged in a robbery case and was sentenced to 62 years in prison. In both cases the victims were not shot or killed.

Quanell X is alleging Walker has made it an unjust practice to sentence black males longer sentences than white males.

“We in no way condone anyone to commit a robbery regardless of race, but justice needs to be fair regardless of race or class and Judge Walker has shown a bias towards African American males in his courtroom,” the press release stated.

Friday’s visit won’t be the first for Quanell X. In May 2009, he traveled to Lumberton to protest the circumstances of Kevin LaDay’s death and called for a proper investigation.

Kevin LaDay, the 35-year-old son of Port Arthur resident Sandra LaDay, died on April 30, 2009 after a struggle with Lumberton police.

Autopsy reports later indicated LaDay had PCP in his system and his death was a result of PCP toxicity. The death was ruled accidental.

LaDay’s mother had accused police of beating her son severely enough to cause his death.

In December 2009, Quanell X was in Port Arthur to protest the investigation and charges of homicide surrounding the death of a 7-week-old infant.

The child died of heat exposure while undergoing a home remedy humidifier treatment.

skoonce@panews.com

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