Belfast Telegraph

Nelson won't be a court crooner

Willie Nelson will not have to sing in court to resolve marijuana possession charges - and a suggestion that he do so was a joke, a Texas judge has said.

County attorney Kit Bramblett had said the country music star could resolve the charges by pleading guilty, paying a fine - and singing Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain for the court.

Mr Bramblett said Judge Becky Dean-Walker demanded Nelson, 77, appear in court, not plead by letter.

Judge Dean-Walker said later she thought the prosecutor was trying to be funny "and it got out of hand". She said Nelson could plead guilty without coming to court and singing.

Nelson was arrested on November 26 at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca.

His spokeswoman had declined to comment earlier on the sentencing suggestion.

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