Saturday, October 20, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA - Rap singer T.I. is expected to remain in jail at least one more week while officials settle several bond-related questions, including who would monitor the musician at his home while he awaits trial on weapons charges.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said Friday he will reserve his ruling on the singer's bond request until a home monitor can be approved by the court, pretrial services officials and prosecutors.
Baverman also directed that bond for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, would have to $2 million cash, plus the equity in whatever property Harris owns.
Defense lawyer Ed Garland had asked Baverman to release the music star on $2.2 million bond and allow him to have monitored home confinement while he awaits trial.
Prosecutors countered that because of Harris' criminal history and because he was arrested while trying to buy machine guns and silencers, he poses a flight risk and danger to community.
Baverman said he did not believe that the government had met its burden by showing by 'clear and convincing evidence' that Harris is dangerous.
But Baverman also said he was not satisfied with the conditions of release proposed by Harris' defense.