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.
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New York POST: Judge blocks bail bond bid by church and Rangel for 'preppy gun moll' New York POST; LAURA ITALIANO
Accused prep-schooler-turned-gun-moll Afrika Owes glowered and sobbed her way through a Manhattan court date today, as a judge refused to set her free despite a contingent of courtroom supporters including embattled Rep. Charles Rangel.
Rangel and members of Harlem's famed Abyssinian Baptist Church had attended today's bail hearing in hopes of convincing Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin to let the church post a $50,000 bond for the troubled but book-smart 17-year-old.
The congressman had been so eager to weigh in in favor of the bond, he had to be told three times by court officers to sit back down in his front row seat.
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USA Today Blogger Reality for Eve
There is more to this story and it is the more that makes me want to rant a little. Ever notice how the liberals say we can't have the death penalty because we have "evolved"? Or that we have to have limits on how much time/punishment we give to minors because they are powerless or not smart enough to know what they were doing? Just how powerless was Afrika when she was involved with the rape, terrorizing, or drug dealing? Seems to me, she and her gang were the ones with the power. She was also smart enough to pre-meditate (i.e. think things through) on all her criminal activities. This woman does not deserve a second chance.
Liberals definition of 'evolve' involves stripping the rights of the victim to see justice served while giving the criminal more rights. America doesn't need this type of "evolution". Rangel should be ashamed of himself for trying to keep this vicious animal out on the streets where she could hurt more innocent people.
First of all I'd like to thank Reality for Eve for her observations and for letting me know about this in the first place. As of yesterday morning almost no one except CBS Local was saying anything about it..
Reality for Eve makes a hellva of a point, why is a Senior Member of Congress like Charlie Rangel sitting in a Court Room (on the taxpayers dime) trying to get a gang member, a gun and drug runner who is alleged to have been involved in a murder plot, out of jail? It's simple political connections, according to the NY Post
Asked whether he'd ever before gone to court on behalf of an accused drug conspirator -- and why, if not, he'd picked Owes to start doing so, he said, "Unfortunately, not all of them have vocal and influential pastors like the Rev. Calvin Butts," he said."Unfortunately" according to Rangel.... guess if they were all politically connected he'd be working to keep them all out of jail. From what I could see, Rangel doen't have much empathy for the victims, just sympathy for the criminals....
Rangel is a Senior Member of Congress, and leader of the Democratic Party, what else is there to say?