Judge releases T.I. on $3 mil bond

5:00 AM PST 10/27/2007 by Associated Press, AP

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ATLANTA -- A federal judge ordered rapper T.I. released on $3 million bond Friday, but he must remain in home confinement while he awaits trial on weapons charges.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said the singer must remain under house arrest at a home in Henry County. He wasn't more specific about the location.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, will be monitored 24 hours a day by a private monitoring service that he must pay for.

He's restricted to the home except under certain circumstances, including medical appointments and court appearances. He cannot own any firearms and cannot have contact with any witnesses or informants in the case.

Noting that T.I has a team of highly qualified attorneys, the judge said: "You shouldn't do anything that will undermine their ability to represent you."

Defense lawyer Ed Garland argued that based on the amount of money being put up, there's no reason not to release his client.
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