T.I. Fights Back, Says Evidence In Weapons Case Is Inadmissible In Court
The rapper (born Clifford Harris) is currently on house arrest awaiting trial in a federal weapons case. The convicted felon allegedly attempted to buy guns and silencers from an undercover agent in a drugstore parking lot during a sting operation.
The rapper's team of attorneys filed motions Monday in U.S. District Court seeking to suppress evidence seized from his vehicle and statements he made when he was arrested on Oct. 13, according to the Associated Press.
The defense says the officers had no warrant, consent or probable cause to search T.I.'s vehicle. They want statements the rapper made to agents thrown out on the grounds that T.I. may not have talked voluntarily and that he may have been detained improperly. The lawyers also said more details would be filed later.
Though the judge didn't immediately respond, according to an email from a federal prosecution spokesperson, he will respond in court.
T.I. is looking at up to 10 years in prison if convicted and a $250,000 fine on each weapons charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled Wednesday (November 21).
T.I. and the Grand Hustle King Foundation are feeding the needy for Thanksgiving, (though the rapper won't be present at the event). T.I. is also working on his next album, Paper Trail, due in 2008.