Texas Judge Won’t Give Willie Nelson Special Consideration in Marijuana Case

A county judge in Sierra Blanca, Texas, says Willie Nelson won’t get special favors in her court despite a county prosecutor’s plan to have the singer perform a song as part of a plea deal on a marijuana charge. Nelson 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. “Just because he’s a star, I don’t think he should receive any special treatment,” county judge Becky Dean-Walker told the Big Bend Sentinel newspaper in Marfa, Texas. “I believe everybody should be treated the same.” In a previous interview with the newspaper, Bramblett said, “You bet your ass I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.” Nelson, 77, has openly acknowledged his use of marijuana and serves as a co-chairman of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).