According to a report by Irene Cornell of WCBS radio in New York City:
Congressman Charlie Rangel basically embarrassed himself by showing up in court plead for the release of 17 year-old Afrika Owes, a one-time student at the Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.
Rangel kept popping up, standing at the rail, trying to interrupt the judge. Finally, a court officer told him to sit down three times when he popped up again.
Judge Edward McLaughlin responded by saying, “I see someone standing who should not be standing, unless you have a bad back like I do.” Rangel sat down.
Why was Rangel so passionate about springing Ms. Owes? According to a separate WCBS report:
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