Rapper heads to church under watch

March 21, 2008 5:52:20 AM PDT
Some people take a Bible to church to attend Easter services. But when he goes on Sunday, T.I. will have with him a court-approved monitor and one of his lawyers. The rap star has received permission to attend Easter services from the judge handling his weapons case. He is under house arrest as he awaits trial. But a federal magistrate in Atlanta has ruled that T.I. can be away from home from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

As part of the terms of his being able to go, he must be accompanied by a court-approved monitor and an attorney.

T.I. was arrested last October hours before he was to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Authorities say he was trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine on each of the weapons charges fled against him.

This isn't the first holiday T.I. has asked permission to loosen the restrictions of his house arrest. He asked to host a Thanksgiving Day gathering at the home where he is confined. But the plan was rejected when the government opposed it.

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