Skip to comments.Willie Nelson plea rejected in marijuana possession case (Free Willie!)
Posted on 07/12/2011 12:50:19 PM PDT by mojito
EL PASO - A judge has rejected a plea deal that would have resolved Willie Nelson's marijuana possession case in West Texas with a fine, saying the country singer shouldn't get what she considers special treatment.
Nelson was arrested in November after a Border Patrol agent said 6 ounces of marijuana were found on Nelson's tour bus.
Judge Becky Dean-Walker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she rejected prosecutor Kit Bramblett's suggestion that Nelson resolve the case by pleading guilty and paying a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dean-Walker claims the prosecutor "doesn't do that for anybody else."
The judge says Nelson should be charged with the misdemeanor marijuana possession, which carries up to a year in jail.
Throw him in the can. I’m sick of lookin’ at him anyway.
Willy is an adult and a liberal. He should be smart enough to know what would happen if he got caught and man up and take the punishment. He’s not above the law.
Willie’s a fine and great talent. But he’s also an old guy who never grew up.
He should change his name to Willie Pan.
People break the law to use it the first time, and then spend their lives living outside of the law to continue their habit.
From your lips to God's ears!!!
Put his druggie ass in jail.
Screw Willie - who cares about that D’bag?
What an absurd way to use a jail bed. What a contemptuous waste of tax payer money.
I would have thought Willie was only smoking it for “medical” purposes by now.
One of my favorites ...
Me and Paul
No. 9 is for you, Lost.
I don’t know. I’d pay to watch these Democrat musicians pick up litter on the highway.
“Mr Nelson, we found 6 oz of marijuana in your vehicle.”
“You did? Who smoked the other 10?”
“And we found some peyote”
“There better be two ounces of that”.
Runners up: Loretta Lynn, Bob Wills, Waylon, Merle, Buck.
Well worth repeating. End the stupid war on (some) drugs.
A cabin I was at this weekend had a deck of cards with pictures of country stars. VERY OLD pictures of country stars.
The Willie Nelson card showed a smooth skinned youngster wearing a very conservative suit and a sober expression. If the name hadn’t been printed under the picture I would never in a million years been able to tell you who was in that picture.
I’ve seen pics of Willie back when he was an unknown Nashville songwriter...very buttoned down and conservative looking.
The prosecutor is the one who suggested the fine as part of a plea deal. You know, to get stupid cases off of the docket.
Are you suggesting Willie should have rejected the prosecutor’s offer? That’s kinda silly, doncha think?
BTW, I’d love to have a deck of cards like that.
Send him to the hoosegow so he can see what can be built with the taxes he fails to pay.
Willy is a pot head, tax dodger, liberal hippie, Obama supporter. He should be smart enough to know what getting caught with that much pot in his tour bus would bring him. It’s not the first time he’s been busted. Just because he is a singer he gets special treatment. He should get the same jail time anyone else would get. There should be NO plea deal. Period!
You’re welcome!!! :-)
There should be NO plea deal.
So your issue is not with Willie in this instance, but the prosecutor with whom you disagree.
If the dope was found ‘on the bus’ why did they arrest him and not, say, the bus driver? Was he dumb enough to say it was his? If it wasn’t on his person and everyone just clammed up even a rookie lawyer should’ve been able to make this go away easily.
They used to toss ya in the can for life for seeds and stems in Texas..
whaddup with Willie?
wifey bumped into him at the Sahara in Vegas a few years back. he was just walking around alone.
Yeah, FRee Willie!
heck, Judge.. go after Kava or Qat users
If he goes to jail then there will be the obligatory album by and about Willie in prison.
another example of a waste of good taxpayer’s money - still prosecuting old men and women for pot - give me a freaking break - what year is this? 1984????
Mostly yes. I hate any lawyer who would give a plea deal for a habitual offender. And Nelson sure fits that description.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I know I’d feel so much safer with Willie behind bars. Just think about how much easier if would be to sleep at night with such a hardened and dangerous man finally behind bars.
Nelson could actually have a lot of sport with this one.
That is, once all is said and done, he should write a ballad immortalizing the judge, and not in a good way. Being careful to not stray entirely past the libel law, he could make her out to be a hideous, awful, and cruel monster.
It could actually even be funny, in a ridiculous way.
“...then the half-frozen little orphan child dressed in rags offered up her kitten to the judge, and the judge bit off its little tail, so that it screamed in pain. And as the child’s eyes filled with tears, the judge laughed like a demon, and smashed the injured kitten on the dirty floor, before cursing the girl and slapping her across the face hard enough to draw blood. ‘I can do what I want, because I’m a judge’, she cackled.”
I think the issue here is equality before the law.
That is far more important than budgetary issues.
Change the law or enforce it equally for everyone.
Pot has a strong enough hold on it’s users that many of them can never return to being a law abiding citizen again once they start using it.
Even in the military and other jobs that test for drug users, the addicts cannot stop themselves and they lose their careers.
One way to measure if an illegal substance is addicting, is to see if people will trade their careers for it and can’t make themselves simply give it up and move on.
Laws apply to WILLIE. If it were my son out here in West Texas and he was caught with pot in his car... we would be in deep trouble with the law.
He´s conducting ongoing experiments.
Willie's a repeat offender, whether the stuff should be legalized or not. It's not legal in Heaven . . . umm, I mean, Texas.
What chaps my butt is that part of the plea bargain is that the prosecutor wanted Willie to sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court. I kid you not. Like a pet monkey.
Heck, throw in him jail for six months, because he broke the law and breaks it repeatedly. But the whole 'sing instead of serving time' idea just doesn't seem Texan to me. Where did we get this prosecutor? Sacramento?
Wait. Maybe the singing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” requirement was his 2010 pot bust. What with ‘74, ‘94, and the 2006 funeral combination pot/mushroom arrest, along with the 2010 arrest, I get these things mixed up.
It was what I was thinking but, you said it before I had a chance to ;)
Pretty amusing in my eyes.
Why is marijuana bad? Because it's against the law.
Why is it against the law? Because it's bad.
Re: Throw him in the can. Im sick of lookin at him anyway.
But, but doesn’t he drive one of those “green” bio-diesel garbage scows, What a scumbag.
Many of the issues concerning pot are close parallels to those concerning alcohol. Both in sufficient quantity can permanently damage health. Both can fatally react with latent medical conditions (although it would be difficult to outright poison a healthy person with pot). Both in customarily consumed quantities can create intoxication in which a person would be unwise to drive, operate heavy machinery, etc. Both if banned can lead to widespread and even international cottage industries of crime which can turn deadly.
The nation did make a go at banning alcohol and ultimately decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. Even in laxer times, however, many fewer people undertook to smoke pot than imbibed, and there is probably not a sufficient base of potential pot partakers to do more than possibly get marijuana back into the USP. (For those who object to “barbaric” smoke with its irritants and carcinogens, vaporizing equipment now exists.)
But, scout, was it good pot?
There is no good way in current practice to standardize quantities of pot. Some might be about as potent as wilted kale. Some might knock you off your feet at the first puff. Moisture content, which is most of a fresh plant, can vary widely. Some zealous prosecutors try to count mud, dirt, etc. clinging to a pot plant’s roots. On top of these absurdities is the legal assumption, seldom challenged, that if you have a certain amount of pot you had it for the purpose of sharing or selling rather than for your own use. This is obviously not universally appropriate. A legal standard based upon an assessment of overall THC content would be the closest thing to “fair.”
Willie is probably going to insist on a jury trial and THAT will be a circus because who has NOT heard of him? Will likely result in a “slap him on the wrist” verdict at worst.
It is kind of odd to watch all of these anti-big government types advocating putting a 70’s-plus year old man in a cage for possessing a plant. And then they wonder why the government is so big in the first place.
...6 ounces of marijuana were found on Nelson’s tour bus.
Sounds like dealer quantities!
You couldn't have made a worse choice of persons to ask that question.
I've never smoked it. I've never even touched it.
Heck, I've never tasted beer, wine, or any alcoholic beverage.
I don't have a religious problem with it and I don't have a problem with other people drinking (except (a) those who drink and drive while impaired; (b) those who drink and get violent; and (c) well, similar cases).
I didn't mix with the right people in high school to be invited to the right parties and my parents didn't drink. When I got to college, I had an interesting first eight days. A high school classmate was killed by a drunk driver while he was returning from the lake. A guy in one of my classes died from alcohol poisoning after chugging hard liquor at a fraternity rush party. A girl who sat almost directly behind me in one of those mega-history classes had her pelvis shattered (and her date was killed) when a drunk driver hopped a curb and hit them as they were walking back to her dorm from the 'free movie.'
And, on the eighth day, my first cousin was driving drunk and broadsided a station wagon with a husband, wife, and three kids inside. I don't even want to go into those details, except to say that happened in 1974 and he's the lucky one. He only has permanent brain damage. You can go and visit him, but the only thing he wants to talk about is the concert he was on his way to attend the day he destroyed a family.
So . . . I decided drinking was not for me. I guess pot and everything else followed as out of the question.
The above story? True. Scouts' Honor.