Monday, March 28, 2011

A Song or Time? Willie Nelson Sings for Freedom

Singer-songwriter and marijuana enthusiast Willie Nelson could have faced a lengthy jail term after he was arrested for possession in November. But perhaps the Texas prosecutor has been smoking some of Willie’s special cigarettes, because he has agreed to let the 77-year-old legend avoid prison but only if he gives the court a song.

Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett said: "I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom, before adding, "You bet you’re a** I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson."

Nelson was arrested in November his tour bus was crossing the Mexican border into Hudspeth County, Texas on its way to Los Angeles when officers smelled cannabis coming from inside.

The bus was searched and six ounces was discovered, which Nelson said was his. He posted a $2,500 bail and the bus was allowed to go on its way. Nelson is a keen advocate of legalizing the drug and is co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Local laws say that anything below three ounces is considered a misdemeanor, which Bramblett usually pushes for a fine and court costs, which are paid through the mail.
Willie Nelson's sympathetic judge. County Judge Becky Walker and prosecutor "Kit" Bramblett were easy on Nelson and he got off with a song. When Nelson’s papers came to County Judge Becky Walker’s desk, she told Bramblett to call the singer to her court, which he promptly did.

Although initially stopped with 6 ounces, with packaging removed the weight was less than three. Bramblett, who prosecutes between 10 and 12 marijuana possession cases a month joked, "Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction."

It is understood the singer will agree to the demand when his tour is next in town.

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