Willie Nelson's plea deal in pot case rejected by Texas judge
Willie Nelson will not be able to settle his pot possession charge with a simple fine, a Texas judge ruled on Wednesday. Hudspeth County Judge Becky Dean-Walker claims that Nelson is getting special treatment.
The legendary singer worked out a plea deal with the prosecutor in June to settle his November 2010 arrest on marijuana possession charges. Nelson was set to pay $787 in fines to settle the charges in Hudspeth County, Texas. The fee the 78-year-old Nelson would have had to pay consisted of a $500 fine and $287 in court costs.
Nelson was arrested on November 26, after six ounces of marijuana was found aboard his tour bus in Texas at a Border Patrol checkpoint. The singer was arrested along with three others and held briefly for a $2,500 bond before being released.
Judge Dean-Walker said she rejected the prosecutor's suggestion Nelson resolve the case by pleading guilty and paying the fine, according to the Associated Press. The judge claims the prosecutor "doesn't do that for anybody else."
The judge adds that Nelson should be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, which can carry up to a year in jail, according to the wire service. Nelson and his spokesperson have not commented on the matter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nelson responded to his arrest in an email to a pro-marijuana site. The industry paper quotes the singer as saying, "There's the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left... Tax it, regulate it and legalize it."
This is not the first time Nelson has been arrested for possessing the substance. In 2006 he was arrested in Louisiana for possessing 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months probation and slapped with a $1,024 fine.