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T.I.’s lawyers have a plan.

Posted by Media Outrage on November 22, 2007

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Here’s how T.I.’s lawyers plan on fighting the weapons charges…

Via MTV:

T.I.‘s lawyers gave a hint of how they plan to defend their client through motions filed in court on Monday seeking to suppress evidence seized from the rapper’s vehicle during his October 13 arrest on federal weapons charges. The motions claim that the evidence against him and statements he made to authorities were illegally obtained. The Associated Press reports that attorneys for the rapper (born Clifford Harris) claim his car was searched without a warrant, consent or probable cause. They also claim that his detention might not have been appropriate, that statements he made to authorities might not have been voluntary and that agents may have failed to honor his rights. The motions don’t go into details on the basis for the legal challenges, but state that more information will be filled in later. A judge had not made a ruling on the challenges at press time. …

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T.I. confident that he’ll be found Not Guilty!!!!

Posted by Media Outrage on November 13, 2007

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In his first public statement since his arrest on federal weapons charges last month, rapper T.I. said he was spending his days writing songs for a new CD, expressed confidence that he will be found not guilty, and declared, “the king ain’t dead.”

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., spoke out in a 2 1/2 minute video message posted on Streetcred.com, a social networking Web site that Harris started.

The video, shot in Harris’ Jonesboro home, shows him sitting on a softly lit orange couch in a house robe and a stocking cap on his head.

You know, it’s a very trying time right now, but I want to let everybody know that I plead not guilty and I gotta stress my innocence, you know, to everyone out there who’s listening,” he says in the clip.

Harris, 27, added that he had faith in the system and looked forward to being exonerated.

God will never take you to what he can’t take you through,” he says in his message.

Harris said he was spending his free time reading, writing, and working on his new CD, “Paper Trail.”

Harris has gone most of his career without writing down any of his rhymes, emulating peers such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Ja Rule, according to MTV, the music television network. The title of his new CD comes from the fact that he has once again put ink to pad, the network reported.

The network, quoting Harris’ publicist, also said that an engineer was cleared to visit Harris a week and a half ago, and the two began working on songs.

I’m getting a lot of work done, man. A lot of music, man, being recorded,” Harris adds in his message. “But, my main message is, it’s not over. And the king ain’t dead.

He can continue to live in his Jonesboro home with his girlfriend and his children. He cannot consume alcohol. He can only have up to three visitors at a time, all of whom have to undergo a background check. And his movements are confined to his property.

Still, Harris appears to be taking his bond conditions well.

And thank you to the judge,” he says in the video, in a shout out to U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman, “for even allowing me the privilege of being on house arrest and being here — instead of, you know, the clear alternative.”

Source AJC 

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T.I. recording new album while on house arrest!!!

Posted by Media Outrage on November 12, 2007

T.I.

While on house arrest and awaiting trial for weapons charges, T.I. has decided to put all of this free time to good use, and is reportedly recording songs for a new album which will be entitled “Paper Trail” because he has actually started writing his lyrics down, something that he claims he hasn’t done since his first LP “Im Serious“.

T.I. was released from Federal custody on October 26 after posting a $3 million bond. The rapper must wear a GPS tracking device to monitor his movements, and any visitors to his residence must undergo a criminal background check. If you missed it last week T.I. requested to have 95 visitors for what might be his last Thanks Giving dinner while a free man, but he later came to his senses and with drew that request.

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T.I. released on $3Million bail!!!

Posted by Media Outrage on October 26, 2007

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Rapper T.I. will be released on $3 million bond —$1 million secured by his Henry County house and the rest cash— but he will be a prisoner in his home until he is tried on gun charges.U.S. Magistrate Alan Baverman agreed to extraordinary conditions Friday so the popular rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., could get out of jail.

Harris’ attorneys brought to the bond hearing two cashier’s checks totaling $2 million provided by the rapper and Atlantic Records. Read the rest of this entry »

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T.I. will stay in jail!

Posted by Media Outrage on October 19, 2007

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Rapper T.I. will remain in jail on weapons charges for at least another week, after a federal judge on Friday denied any immediate release on bond.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said he will hold another hearing next Friday to further consider conditions proposed by the rap star’s lawyers that may prompt him to release their client pending trial.

“I haven’t decided on releasing him yet,” Baverman said, “I just haven’t heard the conditions yet and I’m not satisifed.”

Baverman also said that if he does grant bond, he wants to be comfortable with an entire “package” of conditions that assure that T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., will not flee or pose a danger to others.

The judge also told Harris’s defense attorneys he does not have time to monitor Harris. “I’m not going to get involved in essentially being the warden for Mr. Harris,” Baverman said.

Harris also was arraigned at the hearing, and he entered a plea of not guilty to the weapons charges.

After Harris entered his plea, assistant U.S. Attorney Francey Hakes disclosed that the case is part of “an ongoing investigation” and indicated more changes may be coming. Harris’s trial would take less than a week, Hakes said, “as the indictment stands now.”

Lawyers for Harris proposed that he be released on a $2.2 million bond, which included separate bonds backed by his record company, record company executives. Harris also agreed to post the equity of his two homes, which his lawyer, Ed Garland, estimated are worth about $1.5 million.

Garland also said Harris would agree to stay in his home with 24-hour-a-day electronic and human monitoring.

But Baverman said he wants more information about who will be chosen as Harris’s monitor, who would live inside Harris’s home and how they would search visitors and alert authorities if Harris violated any conditions. The judge said he wants to consider a list of companies that do such monitoring and hear details about them.

Baverman also set these tentative conditions if he does grant bond: Harris must post a $2 million cash bond plus the equity in all properties he owns. He must be locked down in his house 24/7; have an electronic monitoring device; consent to any searches; be screened for unlawful drug use; remove any safes in the home; and be allowed to live with only his girlfriend and children.

Harris, already a convicted felon, was arrested Saturday on weapons charges in a sting at a Midtown parking lot, where he allegedly sought to buy machine guns. The arrest kept him from appearing as planned at the BET Awards show that night.

Prosecutors oppose bond for Harris, although assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Alley told Baverman it is a “close call” as to whether the conditions were acceptable.

Alley recounted a litany of arrests, convictions and missed court dates by Harris from 1997 through the end of 2003. These include firearms and drug violations as well as Harris giving authorities false names at the time of his arrest.

Alley noted that during a search of Harris’s home in 2003, local authorities and federal agents found a firearm, a silencer and a bulletproof vest in Harris’s master bedroom. One of Harris’s lawyers, Dwight Thomas, later noted that this case had been dismissed.

Also at Friday’s hearing, Alley revealed that Harris had up to a half-pound of marijuana in his vehicle when arrested last Saturday. At this arrest, agents also found three handguns, at least one of them loaded, inside Harris’s vehicle, Alley said.

“He told agents the marijuana was his and he had smoked marijuana that day to get ready for the BET Awards show,” Alley said.

Baverman said he was distressed to learn that Harris told a pre-trial services officer in an interview a few days later that he had not smoked marijuana in more than a year.

Baverman said he was impressed with information provided by Harris’s lawyers that showed the rapper has been “exceptionally generous and has reached out to the community, particularly the community of the underprivileged, with great generosity.”

On the other hand, Baverman added, “on the day that is probably the most important of his professional career he shows up armed at a gun deal to buy machine guns and silencers. I’m really, really concerned about that sort of dichotomy.”

As Baverman outlined his concerns, Harris, wearing a black suit and white shirt, sat expressionless with his eyes on the judge. When members of Harris’s family were asked to stand up in the packed courtroom, about 50 people rose to their feet.

Baverman called Harris “an exceptionally gifted and talented musician” and noted that many people in his position would not do as much for the community, including local students.

“He should be commended for that,” Baverman said. “But I would be blind not to recogize some of the lyrics in some of the songs that stand in contrast to the message he gives to schoolchildren.”

Baverman, a former defense attorney, found that the prosecutors had not met their burden of convincing him that no possible conditions could be place on Harris to assure he would not be a flight risk or danger to others. For this reason, the judge said, he is willing to consider the extraordinary conditions proposed by Harris’s legal team.

But Baverman said he found Harris’s past conduct “exceptionally troublesome” and he said he considered the strength of the government’s case against Harris to be “significant.”

This article was obtained from AtlantaJournalConstitution 

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