Judge Smoldering Over Willie Nelson's Pot Bust

Texas icon may now go to trial

By Annie Potasznik
|  Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011  |  Updated 1:43 PM CDT
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A judge in Hudspeth County in west Texas doesn't want singer Willie Nelson to have preferential treatment.

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Singer Willie Nelson may face jail time for last year's pot bust in west Texas.

Nelson was arrested in Sierra Blanca in Nov., 2010, by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

The 78-year-old country crooner agreed to pay a $500 fine, along with a court cost of $280, but now it looks as though that's not punishment enough according to presiding Hudspeth County Judge Becky Dean Walter.

Walter has overruled Nelson's plea bargain, telling The New York Times she believed that the county attorney, Kit Bramblett, was giving the singer preferential treatment because he is famous.

Bramblett has suggested that County Judge Becky Dean-Walker had ordered Nelson to perform "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" in court. At the time, Dean-Walker said Bramblett's suggestion was a "joke that got out of hand."

Nelson may now have to go to trial for possession of the six ounces of marijuana found on his tour bus.

The "Red Headed Stranger" has quite a record with NBCDFW. See more on this story at the links below:

Willie Nelson's Felony Pot Charge Up in Smoke
Pot Bust Will Cost Willie Nelson Cash, Not A Song
Willie Nelson Won't Have to Sing in Court
Willie Nelson Arrested for Marijuana Possession 

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