July 5, 2011
A judge in Texas has rejected a plea agreement from Willie Nelson because she feels that the country star was let off easy for a pot possession charge because he is famous. Earlier this month, Nelson agreed to pay a $500 fine, along with a court cost charge of $280.
Judge Becky Dean-Walter of Hudspeth County, Texas claims that Kit Bramblett, the prosecutor in the case, was overly deferential to the country star. "He’s supposed to file the charge he feels is appropriate," Judge Dean-Walker said of Bramblett in an interview with the New York Times. "Not what he feels he should do for his favorite singer. It is up to the judge to agree or not." Judge Dean-Walker says that she previously shot down Bramblett's request to have Nelson's charge reduced to a Class C misdemeanor.
Nelson was busted for marijuana possession in Hudspeth County in November when a Border Patrol officer smelled pot smoke inside his tour bus at a checkpoint on Interstate 10.