A week ago, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman announced that he would delay his decision as to release TI or not. Rumors about the rapper’s early release has been swirling around the internet for days and today, the judge has agreed to free TI.
Dwight L. Thomas, Tip’s lead attorney spoke to HipHopDX:
“Right now [T.I.’s] on his way home to enjoy his children, his family, and his freedom. He’s under restrictions, but he’s at home. And you know the old saying, there’s no place like home.”
TI was originally arrested for illegal weapon possession earlier this year and his original sentence was 366 days, which meant he would be released around May 2010. But Tip’s attorneys presented a bond proposal to the court of $2.2 million dollars to enable Tip to be released early and placed in a 24-hour-a-day monitored home confinement until trial. According to HipHopDX, Judge Baverman requested that TI’s attorneys present a court-approved home monitored and also ordered that Tip post $2 million in cash for bond plus the equity in all the property he owns.
TI has been released on a $3 million bond.
As a part of the deal, Tip can’t leave his home except under limited circumstances, including medical appointments and court appearances. He’s allowed three visitors at a time but they must first submit to criminal background checks.
Tip can’t have any safes in his home as well. The feds and reps from the monitoring service have searched his home to ensure it was free of contraband. The house have since been secured and have let no one else in since the sweep.
As far as partying goes, well, being kept at home doesn’t mean Tip is free to throw parties as he must submit to random urinalysis and can’t consume ANY alcohol. Ah, so there will be no wedding toast yet?
We’ll all have to wait for Tip’s latest news because Tip can’t give any interviews due to the conditions. No interviews can take place at his home without court approval, so we’ll have to see who nails the first exclusive. But that does not mean Tip can’t express his gratitude to his loyal fans. Mr. Thomas said:
“He sends his well-wishes to his fans. He thanks them for all of their support.”
Looks like it’s gonna be a great Christmas for TI, Tiny and the kids.