EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas prosecutor says Willie Nelson can resolve marijuana possession charges by agreeing to plead guilty, pay a fine — and sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” for the court.
County Attorney Kit Bramblett says he recommended the penalties to Hudspeth County’s judge Becky Dean-Walker. Bramblett says the judge specifically demanded Nelson appear in court instead of pleading by mail, which is a common procedure in such cases.
Bramblett has told The Associated Press that the judge “wants to meet Willie.”
Judge Dean-Walker has since stated that Nelson won’t have to sing in court to resolve marijuana possession charges — and
a suggestion that he do so was a joke.
Dean-Walker told The Associated Press she thinks the prosecutor was trying to be funny, “and it got out of hand.”
Nelson was arrested Nov. 26 for marijuana possession at a Border Patrol checkpoint after an agent smelled an odor coming from his vehicle and decided to conduct a search.
Nelson’s spokeswoman has declined to comment on Bramblett’s sentencing suggestion.
(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)