Word: Yes, your honor

Rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on federal weapons charges. Before he was released on $3 million bond Oct. 26, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman had some stern words for Harris, as well as comments on Atlanta’s real estate market.

“I don’t want to sound crass about it, but in addition to being in the music and entertainment business you’re essentially in the insurance business now. If any harm is befallen upon the informant, the court will be looking to you. Do you understand that?”

— Baverman warning Harris not to attempt to hurt or intimidate witnesses for the prosecution

“Yes, your honor.”

— Harris’ response to Baverman’s question

“The nature of the real estate market in Atlanta right now is such that legitimate appraisals are affected.”

— Baverman explaining why he valued Harris’ College Park home at $1 million, less than what Harris and his lawyers contend is its appraised value. Harris is using his home as part of his bond.