Saturday, April 02, 2011

Willie Nelson Gets No Special Treatment

A country judge in Sierra Blanca, Texas, says Willie Nelson will not get special consideration in her court despite a country prosecutor's plan to have the singer perform a song as part of a plea deal on a marijuana charge.

The country icon was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in November when his tour bus was stopped by authorities at a checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, a West Texas community located near the border of Mexico.

Hudspeth County attorney Kit Bramblett's proposed plea bargain calls for Nelson to perform "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" in the courtroom and pay a small fine and court costs.

County judge Becky Dean-Walker seems to disagree. "Just because he's a star, I don't think he should receive any special treatment," she told the Big Bend Sentinel newspaper in Marfa, Texas. "I believe everybody should be treated the same."

Nelson, 77, has openly acknowledged his use of marijuana and serves as co-chairman of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). LINK

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