Willie Nelson is set to avoid jail after his drug bust last year for having whacky backy on his tour bus. Luckily for him, the Texan prosecutor assigned the case happens to be one of his biggest fans and has come up with a novel punishment – he’s going to make Nelson pay a small fine and make him perform in court for the benefit of he and the judge.
County Attorney Kit Bramblett reassured fans that the 77 year old country singer wasn’t going to be receiving the potential six month jail sentence he was facing. For a start, the amount of marijuana he was busted with was a lot less than initially estimated and thus not as serious an offence. Bramblett joked “Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of [the marijuana] or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces.”
Although Nelson could have paid his fine by mail, Bramblett and Judge Becky Dean Walker cooked up a scheme for a bit of courthouse rock, with the Judge telling her prosecutor “Don’t [you] dare let Willie Nelson plead through the mail”. Thus, as Branblett explained, “I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ with his guitar right there in the courtroom. “Willie Nelson is 77 years old and I’m 78. He’s been my favourite artist all my life. We all know he smokes a little pot.”