Thursday, September 8, 2011

T.I. is Being Treated Unfairly, Says His Attorney

Hours after TI was released from an Arkansas prison and made the 375-mile trip to an Atlanta halfway house last week on a luxury tour bus, the rapper was sent back to federal prison because corrections officials discovered his manager and a TV producer were traveling with him. He was serving an 11-month sentence for violating probation of an earlier conviction on federal firearms charges when he was caught with various drugs during a traffic stop in Los Angeles. According to The Department of Justice, TI's manager and the two VH1 producers -- who are filming a 1o-episode reality show about the 30-year-old rapper's life -- were not authorized to travel or conduct business during the trip. The rapper was told that “such people were not authorized to travel with him in the conditions of the furlough" and cannot “sign any legal papers, contracts, loan applications or conduct any business without the written permission of staff.” According to the DoJ, TI indicated that he was “discussing a new reality series and a book with these individuals, but made a point of indicating it was not an interview.” The only person authorized to travel with him, was his wife, Tiny -- who was also arrested, during the drug bust in Los Angeles. But, in an interview with WAGA, TI’s attorney Jonathan Leonard says there was no stipulation as to who he could travel with or what business discussions could be had. “We feel that he never should have been removed from the halfway house, there's nothing that occurred that would justify moving him and we really are asking him be moved back,” Leonard said. He adds that TI is being treated differently because he's a rapper and petitioning for his release back to the halfway house. If not, he'll rejoin the rest us in the free world on Sept. 29, when he's scheduled to be released.

source: WAGA
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