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- Posted on Jul 6th 2011 11:00AM by Andrew Kerr
As previously reported by Spinner, Hudspeth County, Texas prosecutor Kit Bramblett, a self-proclaimed fan of the country singer, suggested Nelson could sing his way out of trouble and pay less than $1,000 (£624).
Now, however, Judge Dean-Walker has rejected Bramblett's proposed punishment. Speaking to the New York Times, the judge said, "He's supposed to file the charge he feels is appropriate, not what he feels he should do for his favourite singer. It is up to the judge to agree or not. If you're not going to do it for the guy in the corner, why do it for a celebrity?"
Nelson was arrested in November of last year in Sierra Blanca, Texas after a Border Patrol agent discovered three ounces of marijuana on the singer's tour bus. Bramblett -- of whom the judge said "he has made a habit of speaking with the press before anything has been resolved" -- proposed Nelson should pay a $500 (£312) fine and cover court expenses while the charge would be reduced to a Class C misdemeanour.
With no fixed penalty in place, it remains to be seen just what the outcome for Nelson will be. However Judge Dean-Walker is certain of one thing. "At no point do I have to let him off. If Willie Nelson gets off with nothing, I'm not going to be part of it."