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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The War On Drugs: Judge rejects deal in Willie Nelson's Marijuana case

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — 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.

Hudspeth County 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.

Bramblett didn't return a call Wednesday. Nelson's publicist declined comment.

My Take: I agree with the Judge, no one should get special treatment based on name recognition, but no one should be penalized, in any way, for simply minding his own business. Willie Nelson inured no one by smoking pot, therefore no victim exists, therefore no crime was committed. Personally, I hope this goes to trial, a jury judges the absurdity of the law, and nullifies the charges.

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