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TI to plea not guilty, asks for release on $2.2M bond
Lawyers for rapper T.I. asked a federal magistrate Friday to release him on a $2.2 million bond, along with separate bonds backed by his record company, record company executives and the equity of his two homes.
They also said T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, would agree to stay in his home with 24-hour-day monitoring.
T.I. was arrested Saturday on weapons charges in a sting at a Midtown parking lot.
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Harris and his legal team made the proposal to U.S. Magistrate Alan Baverman, who will decide whether Harris can stay out of jail while awaiting trial on weapons charges.
Baverman was expected to rule by midday.
Harris also was to be arraigned and enter a not guilty plea at the hearing, as well as find out which U.S. District Court judge is presiding over his case.
Harris was arrested Saturday on weapons charges in a sting at a Midtown parking lot.
Because of an overflow crowd that came to attend Harris's first-appearance hearing on Monday, Baverman held the bond hearing in a larger courtroom at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and Courthouse.
On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Harris on charges of illegally possessing unregistered machine guns and silencers; unlawfully possessing machine guns; and of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
Federal prosecutors are moving to have Harris held without bond until his trial, which could be several months away. To obtain a bond, Harris's lawyers must convince Baverman there is a reasonable assurance that, based on the conditions of his pre-trial release, Harris will not be a risk of fleeing and will not be a danger to the community or to any particular person.
If convicted, Harris faces almost certain prison time.
The bond proposal from Harris's lawyers included a $2.2 million bond with a cash desposit of $500,000; a $1 million signature bond signed by Atlantic Records; five $100,000 signature bonds signed by five Atlantic Records and Warner Music executives; two $100,000 surety bonds from different bonding companies; and the equity of the Harris homes, which lawyer Ed Garland said are worth $1.5 million.
Harris's lawyers also said he would stay in his home and be subject to electronic monitoring, as well as allow an independent monitor to also live in the home and search anyone coming or going. Monitoring expenses would be paid by Harris.