Did T.I. Have His Rights Violated By The Federales?

Nov 21st, 2007 // 11 Comments

titheit.jpgAre you a well-known rapper stuck at home on Thanksgiving while facing federal weapons charges? Well, maybe you’ll be out by Christmas if your lawyers can argue the court to “suppress evidence and statements that they believe were obtained illegally.”

According to the Associated Press, Tip’s lawyers claim that the vehicle he was driving during his arrest on October 13 was searched without a warrant or probable cause, and that statements he made to ATF agents may not have been voluntary. The motions also suggest that the rapper’s detention may not have been legal, and the arresting agents could have violated his rights. Further details about the challenges were not available; however, Tip’s attorneys say that they intend to file additional motions.

Sadly, we have seemed to reach the point in every cop show where the defense attorneys make the last-ditch “he was never Mirandized/it was a sting/the evidence procedures were cocked up” play for the judge, i.e. two steps from the defendant taking a plea. But who knows, maybe T.I. will get blessed with one of those WTF? twist endings that do your head in right before the credits roll. (Also, maybe I’m just preoccupied with police procedurals today, but what is up with TNT having a Charmed marathon on Thanksgiving? Even some of us who aren’t on house arrest had planned on parking our turkey-bloated bodies in front of nine hours of Law And Order tomorrow.)

T.I. Challenges Evidence In Weapons Case [XXL]


  1. Maura Johnston

    Ahem. USA is showing a Criminal Intent/SVU marathon. And the presence of Mike Logan = the marathon counts as far as fulfilling the Law & Order T-Day quotient.

  2. Jess Harvell

    @maura: i have spent six years telling you: THE SPINOFFS DONT COUNT.

  3. Maura Johnston

    @jessdolator: And I have spent six years telling you that you’re totally wrong! Especially during the Thompson/Rohm/Farina era, which was just dire.

  4. iantenna

    @jessdolator: @maura: can we all just agree that the golden age of law & order coincided directly with the golden age of hip hop?

  5. KinetiQ

    I don’t know how anyone could ever step to SVU. Richard Belzer and Ice-T as cops? BRILLIANT!

  6. catdirt

    well, first of all, it’s totes legal for the feds (or cops) to search your car during an arrest- it’s a well know exception to p.c. requirements in state/federal court.

    second of all, this is OBVIOUSLY a case where the defense is going to be that the snitch in this case either “entrapped” TI or just made all these lies up. But the problem with being charged with “felon in possession of a firearm” is that you are guilty if you are 1) a felon 2) in possession of a firearm.

  7. Jess Harvell

    @iantenna: yes. now if only i could find a youtube clip of greevey and logan and the rapping 12-year-old from the first season.

  8. Maura Johnston

    @KinetiQ: CI > Original > SVU. I can’t get with the movie-of-the-week tendencies of SVU sometimes, and Belzer’s screen time has been really sliced down this season thanks to that new dude whose acting suuuuucks. I guess he’s supposed to be “the new Brian Cassidy,” but I ain’t buying it.

  9. KinetiQ

    @maura: CI is held up by Vincent D’Onofrio, agreed, but it always feels like a parade of “hey, let’s violate everyone’s civil rights until they confess.”

    Original with Orbach is as good as it gets.

  10. Anonymous

    @maura: the movie-of-the-week-ness of SVU is tiresome, yes, but until this season their cast was killing it. Classic original beats all (obvs) but SVU outdoes contemporaneous original eight times out of ten.

    I can’t believe people even like CI.

  11. Anonymous

    @lastclearchance: I can’t believe people even like CI.

    obvs I mean “in comparison to other l&o series.”

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