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Willie Nelson prosecutor will ask him to sing for freedom

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Texas is notoriously tough on criminals, as long as their names don't happen to be Willie Nelson. That's why a state prosecutor is planning on recommending the singer get a slap on the wrist for his pot possession charge. How lenient are we talking? Try a song and a $100 fine.

"You can bet your ass I'm not going to be mean to Willie Nelson," Hudspeth County Attorney C.R. "Kit" Bramblett told CNN about his plans when the case goes to court at an as-yet-unspecified date. Bramblett plans to ask for a $100 fine and court costs, plus community service of singing Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain in the courtroom. Of course, he could also ask for the sentence to be deferred entirely, in case that's too tough.

One person who may have a tough time with that, however, is the judge in the case, Becky Dean-Walker:  "My court is not a jester court," she said. "I understand that people are star stuck, I'm not one of them." Still, we doubt Willie's going to get the max for getting caught by the border patrol with less than two ounces of weed, which is 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Maybe 175 days, but not 180, no way.

[Photo: AP]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 3:05pm]

    

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