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Willie Nelson In-Court Singing Part of a Creative Plea Deal

By Adam Ramirez on March 30, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

We're all for creative sentencing, but having Willie Nelson in your courtroom shouldn't be an excuse to make him sing your favorite song, should it?

Yet that's exactly what a star-struck Texas prosecutor has proposed with Willie Nelson's most recent pot bust.

The creative prosecutor has offered to let Willie get off if he hands over a C Note and sings for his freedom... literally.

Nelson was accused of possessing 6 ounces of marijuana, but when the packaging was removed, the weight was 3 ounces, making it a misdemeanor, Bramblett told the Daily Mail. "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," Bramblett joked.

Eh, what was this prosecutor smoking before these media interviews?

"You can bet your ass I'm not going to be mean to Willie Nelson," Hudspeth County Attorney C.R. "Kit" Bramblett told CNN, confirming his plea recommendation.

Pot smoking on Nelson's bus is no secret, Bramblett told CNN. "They got a song out that says 'I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again.'" Plus Toby Keith's lyrics tell a story of learning "a hard lesson in a small Texas town" while smoking marijuana on Nelson's old bus, the "Honey Suckle Rose."

Nelson, a country music legend, was cited for marijuana possession by the Border Patrol about 85 miles southeast of El Paso last November.

Judge Becky Dean-Walker demanded that Nelson appear in court, despite marijuana possession charges normally being resolved by mail, Bramblett tells the Associated Press. "She wanted to meet Willie," Bramblett said.

Are you sure about that, Mr. Bramblett? Because Judge Becky Dean-Walker seemed irritated by media reports Monday concerning the proposed plea deal.

"My court is not a jester court," Judge Dean-Walker told CNN. "I understand that people are star stuck, I'm not one of them."

The judge will have to approve the plea deal (and any courtroom performances). And by the sounds of things, Willie Nelson might not be a guaranteed guest performer.

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