Rep. Rangel Causes Stir In Courtroom, Gets Reprimanded By Judge

Congressman Chastised For Constantly Interrupting Hearing

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Congressman Charles Rangel caused a stir in court Friday while trying to lend his support for bail of Afrika Owes.

Owes, 17, had been a student at the prestigious Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Prosecutors say she was also a member of a drug gang that terrorized 137th Street in Harlem.

Owes was one of fourteen suspected  “137th Street Crew” gang members arrested last month. Prosecutors said the gang used shootings, beatings and robberies to protect their turf and gain street status on a stretch of West 137th Street. The gang allegedly openly dealt crack in apartment lobbies, near Harlem Hospital and near the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

Congressman Charles Rangel argues for Owes getting bail to Juliet Papa of 1010 WINS

The judge refused to release Owes on her own recognizance, saying tapes from Rikers Island have her involved in running guns and getting orders to “shoot for the head.”

The Abyssinian Baptist Church, which is located on 137th street, offered to post bond but the judge said it wasn’t clear if that was legally allowed.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell describes Rangel’s courtroom behavior

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports Rangel caused a stir in the courtroom, repeatedly standing up and interrupting the judge.

A court officer told Rangel three different times to sit down. When he stood up again, Judge Edward McLaughlin had apparently had enough.

“I see someone standing who should not be standing, unless you have a bad back like I do,” McLaughlin said. Rangel sat down.

Rangel says Owes was a straight-A student and should be given a chance to straighten herself out.

“All the discussions on the question of public policy boils down to a 17-year-old arrested student remaining in jail,” Rangel said.

Owes is due back in court March 22.

What do you think of Rangel’s courtroom behavior? Should Afrika Owes be granted bail? Sound off in our comments section.

  • UteDB

    Rangel should be in jail with her. I’m getting so sick of seeing that clown’s face.

    • Andrew

      Do you think that is a good reason for him to be in jail? You have to admit, it’s a little self-centered.

  • matchquuy

    when are the people of ny going to throw rangel in the garbage where he belongs. he disgraces your state. get rid of him.

    • jfhdsiu

      Sadly, he IS in the garbage. That’s what he has helped turn N.Y. into. What they need to do is climb OUT of the garbage and leave him there! Just my take on it.

  • meesha4

    I used to be pro-life. However, after being fleeced by taxes for over 36 years, I am starting to realize how much it costs for WIC, Section 8, Medicaid, free dental, food stamps, free breakfast, lunch and dinner for children of welfare recipients, free eyecare, etc. I am now pro-choice for all men and women that create a “fetus” that they can not support. Abort them. Run taxpayer-funded abortion mills on the corner of every welfare district. Just think of all the money we will save and put back into a system of responsible men, women and parents. Did I offend anyone? If I did, why? Isn’t that what you want?

    • smokehouse56

      Sorry, but you’re sick.

    • Andrew

      You are, in fact, expressing a tenet of fascism.


    Charlie and Africa and Barry and Holder……..what would you expect from these individuals…….highly perdictable.

  • ed357

    What are you complaining about……………….

    it’s obvious that CONGRESSMAN RANGEL believes that it’s acceptable for a BLACK Harlem honor student……..

    to be involved with “….shootings, beatings and robberies to protect their turf…” and “allegedly openly dealt crack in apartment lobbies, near Harlem” while being “involved in running guns and getting orders to shoot for the head.”

    Consider it the Harlem Black Junior Achievement Model.

  • TeeOff

    charles rangel: indicator of the state and nation; corrupt pol elected by the two most democratic liberal counties in the united states; thankfully links himself to violent criminal gangs within his congressional district;

  • Laura Flannery

    One fat criminall defending a baby gang-banger with brains! They belong in the same cell with bubba!

  • swis

    I think he should act in the courts as unto what the courts expect and act unto God what is expected from God.

    • Andrew

      Praise the Lord!

  • norman west

    rangel is a slumlord that developed the black listing service of tenants who were in landlord tenant court for any reason even if suing a landlord for damages….he should have swung for what he did to his office…

    • Andrew

      Swung as in killed by hanging? That is quite harsh. I think you are mad.

  • patxtra

    Rep Rangel gets away with everything because he’s of black origins….not black himself/ I think Attorney General Holder cleared it all up when he said he could not do anything about the Philadelphia panthers because “they are his people”. Can you imagine a white person sayng that?

  • Rick O'Shea

    Rabgel probably wants her out so he can keep getting his cut.

    • Andrew

      I sincerely doubt that. I know you don’t have a shred of evidence of that. I defy you to suggest that you do.

      • greyfox

        Come on Andrew, play the game, you’re starting to get too serious.

  • justacitizen

    If the Black Panthers can get a pass, so can any of my people, right hussien and eric holder? These people are totally outrageous, but they won the election

  • R, Baz

    You can take Cholley out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out
    of Cholley. He’s the cheekiest swindler in the hood.

  • woonsocket


    • Rick A Hyatt

      Strange BEDFELLOWS!

  • Pitbullll

    The irony!! Rangel the criminal pleading for leniency for Afrika the criminal.

    • smokehouse56

      What the hell kind of first name is “Afrika”? Only in a black neighborhood I guess.

      • Andrew

        I think I have heard that name used before somewhere.

  • TeeOff

    charles rangel: political influence through corruption, ethics violations; censured, diminished head of the congressional ways & means committee; an insult to harlem nyc, america and people in general; now fearlessly displaying his links to violent, sociopathic criminals within his district;

  • John

    Remember Police Officer Phillip Cardillo. Rep. Rangel, where is his killer?

    • Red Johnson

      His killer–as you know John–is Louis 17x Dupree, et al who made a fake officer-needs-assistance call to a dirty mosque in harlem and ambushed and killed PO Cardillo. Rangel was there and covered it up and helped hide those responsible. “Circle of Six” the book.

  • Nicholas Voss

    It appears Charlie has some sort of vested interest in this murderous drug-selling gang? What could this be? One can only wonder…

    • Andrew

      It seems apparent to me that his reasons are social. Am I missing something?

      • Andrew

        What evidence do you have of any vestment?

      • greyfox

        It may be apparent to you but it’s apparent to me that you are just a wee might naive.

  • john

    rangel is an idiot. you do the crime you do the time…

  • Buck Keely

    They are two of a kind….
    Heirloom Seeds, “How God plants His garden.”

  • Rob

    Rangle is an elitist crimminal helping another crimminal get away with crime.

  • I. B. Apimpywindbag

    When you have a crook like Rangel coming to your defense, you know you’ve hit rock bottom. Frankly I would tack on 5 years to whatever her sentence is JUST for having that pompous thieving windbag speaking on her behalf.

    • Andrew

      Which would not make you a particularly fair judge.

  • Muco

    He lookes in that picture like a Godfather (wanna be)

  • FN Cee

    If you think Ranger Rangel will be in any way subdued by some “simple” judge in some little courtroom scolding him when he couldn’t be touched by the Congress of the United States … well, you are indeed “simple” yourself. Rangel is legally untouchable and he knows it very well.

    • SirGareth

      You are most astute, yes Rangel is above the reach of law as long as he keeps faith with the party. The party is everything while the constitution and the laws of man are nothing more than toilet issue to those in league with our party bosses.

      • Andrew

        Party politics is indeed a circus of headless monsters.

  • jane

    Rangel needs to go away… What a stoge. Waste of air. This corrupt turd writes our tax laws that don’t apply to him or his buddies. This is whats wrong with our goverment.

  • DavidArizona

    Keepin it real in the hood!!!!

  • Patrick Martin

    Rangel needs to self-TERMINATE.

  • Spinnaker

    The sob should have been on trial. I would have had him gagged if I had been the Judge.

    • Mr.America

      To think this guy with his shady past was re-elected–what else can you expect anymore.SHAME on all who voted for him.

    • Andrew

      Would you gag people often, if you were judge?

      • olegunny

        No only liberals and blacks. Isn’t that what you want me to say maggot

  • Rick

    Rangel is demented. How could he seek to help a criminal in spite of her IQ
    or scholastic achievement. She has committed crimial acts and she should be
    appropriately punished. Rangel is a crook and he does not deserve to be
    in the Congress. A known tax evader who served in the very office that
    deals with tax matters? This crook needs to get a bloody life. He should have
    been thrown in jail long ago……….a crook is a crook and a crook and he fits
    the profile.

  • Fred

    Rangel should have her sent to Chicago’s Midwest Academy where she could learn to be a Community Organizer like BHO .

    Clearly Charlie is not thinking about the next generation of activists.


    If Owes was a member of the black panthers she would be protected racially by Eric Holder and the Mystery Man in the WH…Rangle is just a fat little tax cheat who just got away with it.

  • Jack Carter

    The article doesn’t say but I’m guessing that Owes is black. Charlie would NEVER go to such extraordinary lengths for a white person.

    • tom

      Africa Owes “who” yah think? Name says it all

    • Charlie Rangel

      You’re GUESSING that? Are there a lot of white gangs in Harlem?

  • Herbie Original Situation Raskin

    Hey charlie, can you say Tawana Brawley?

  • Charlies_tax_accountant

    Rangel is like a character on a bad TV drama. The kind you don’t watch, because no one could be that openly currupt and stupid and still remain in office. And yet… there he is.

    The district keeps representing him because they know that they might need him if they ever get caught red-handed doing something illegal. They more shameless he is, the more they like it.

  • Joe

    He should be in jail seeking bail for himself.Oh I forgot elected Democrats are above the law–( Chris Dodd and Bawney Fwank) .Just another piece of elected trash thumping his chest.

  • Fred Sanford

    The drug gang has Rangel’s balls and he is working to get them back.

  • Claudia

    Charlie has lost all credibility…he is just grandstanding to keep his name alive. what a pathetic excuse as a member of the HOR, who is an ethics travesty to be defending a gang member. so, she’s 17 years old? She knows what she’s doing.

    • Ernaldo T

      How does one lose something one never had? Rangel is at best, a pimp.

      • Grndma Josie

        Black men are either PIMPS or REVERENDS or POLITICAL ACTIVISTS (obozo) all cases they are frauds who work for satan . They make money off of female slavery and God is just a joke to them. Example – Jesse Jackson & Sharpton for starters, & POTUS spends $$ to destroy the USA (Obozo).

        sob-sob-sob – we pay now and will pay a lot more later – get used to it
        Like the CHANGE????

  • I_Tbag_Liberals

    IIf the girl can just get herself elected to the Senate, this will all go away. Maybe that’s the plan. Just because she sold drugs and made plans to shoot people in the head, there’s no reason her district shouldn’t elect her.

    • Andrew

      Do you actually tea-bag liberals? Do you enjoy that?

  • jigaboobop


    • Andrew


  • JohnnyG

    Rangel is just one more Democratic idiot!



  • Amanda Fitz

    Google Edmund Perry, Exeter student, and his brother Jonah, a student at Westminster, from 1985. Perry was killed when he and his brother tried to mug an off-duty police officer. The police officer was exonerated. Apparently, the brothers engaged in petty theft when they were on vacation from the exclusive prep schools.

    Miss Owes is not unique.

    • Colonel Sanders

      You can’t take the ghetto out of them

      • Andrew

        You’ve tried?

      • greyfox

        Andrew, I refer you to the Chicago experiment for the answer to your question.
        Ever heard of vertical slums?


      “Owes was one of fourteen suspected “137th Street Crew” gang members”


  • kracko

    He must be banging her and needs her free to keep her quite about it. Yet the people will still elect somebody like this. Silly democrats

    • Andrew

      Your comments are libel.

  • nightwriter999

    I think her name says it all! Afrika Owes!!! She should change it to Whitey Owes Afrika!!! She’s just one more minority that thinks she should have special privileges because she is a minority and one more black politician that agrees with her. After all, Holder refuses to prosecute black crime because it makes his race look bad… why shouldn’t Rangle defend bad behavior, that’s all he knows! Yes, I know…. I’m a racist… wasn’t until this last election cycle but I simply don’t care anymore…. call me whatever you want… I’m just sick of rationalizing bad behavior because it’s not politically correct to point out reality!!

    • jiggaboobop

      hitting the nail on the head nightwriter, you sure are

    • Andrew

      It’s not so much your refusal to rationalize this or that as your reliance on name calling and cliche.

  • victor

    Randel has to have his hand into the drug dealing and the gang this girl belongs to, and if she is his daughter, being a crook and drug dealer runs in the family…Randel is a crook , thief, and totally corrupt,BUT HE IS BLACK AND THEY CAN`T DO NOTHING WRONG,,,REMEMBER. After all what race is the most prejudise and commiting the most crimes,,,,BLACKS. that says it all.

  • LTC (Rt) Ray Burke

    Birds of a feather………..

    • Ernaldo T

      Its feathah, foo

      • Andrew

        You are displaying your bigotry.

  • WilliamPenn

    Bet the mortgage Rangel’s either bangin’ this babe or getting a piece of the drug action.

    • tommy

      This slim ball still belives he is above the law.

  • If it walks like a duck

    That Church (aka tax shelter) should imediately lose its tax exempt status, just how much 137th gang or Uncle Charlie money has been laundered through there?

    • Andrew

      You have a point. Churches should all lose their tax exempt status. And someday they will. And the gays will marry. And there won’t be any more gendered public bathrooms. And women won’t have to cover their breasts. Until that day…

  • LR22_2000

    Rangel is an idiot, he’s the kind of person you don’t want to be proud of from any racial perspective. I despise it when one person can tarish other’s judgment in color. It’s not surprising we all have our distinct stupid people within our own race. Sad.

    • Walt Campbell

      Yeah, us white folks have Biden as a prime example of idiot.

      • Andrew

        So, which politician isn’t an idiot again? Answer that and I’ll tell you your party affiliation, America.

  • borntobepolitical

    Would you expect anything different from a lawless law maker?

  • jeff

    You have been suckered into not seeing the real story SHE IS HIS DOUGHTER, go ask the other kids at her school they all know, but CBS or the other media wont look into that will they.

    • Ken Hodges

      This is most likely the TRUTH and is by far the most believable comment on why he is doing this so far. Good ole Mr. Rangel should be in jail himself for corruption.

    • John Norcross

      Okay, where did you get this? If true, well, I’m not surprised.

    • Andrew

      You tread on the thin ice or rumor. It does not reflect well on your character.

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