T.I.’s Lawyer Denies Early Prison Release Reports
Contrary to recent reports, incarcerated rapper T.I. will not be released from an Arizona prison tomorrow (Aug. 31).
The Atlanta rapper’s associate and longtime DJ, DJ Drama tweeted a coded message yesterday (Aug. 29), that seemed to corroborate the rumors regarding the Grand Hustle boss’ early release. However, according to T.I.’s lawyer, Jonathan Leonard, who has represented the frequently incarcerated MC since 2002, T.I.’s Sept. 29 release date has not changed.
“The Bureau of Prisons they won’t give you the information [of his release] until the very last minute,” Leonard told XXL.
“The Bureau of Prisons makes all the decisions once [someone goes] into the federal system then the federal prisons is the governing body as to when he’s released, the judge has no control over it,” he continued. “And you don’t have any real contact with them, they don’t communicate with you and they don’t tell you when exactly he’s gonna be released … They don’t even cooperate with me and tell me much of anything.”
T.I. is currently housed in Forrest City Federal Prison in Arkansas, serving out an 11-month sentence for violating his parole back in September 2010, when he tested positive for ecstasy.
“He’s doing great,” Leonard said of his client, whom he claims to have spoken with on Leonard spoke with on Monday (August 29). “He’s certainly looking forward to getting this behind him.”
Here’s hoping T.I. is released ‘ASAP.’
*UPDATE: T.I. was released from prison on the morning of Wed., Aug. 31, 2011, despite his lawyer’s reports he would remain locked up. Read details here.