An end is in sight in the marijuana case that ensnared the country singer Willie Nelson.
A search of his tour bus last November by west Texas troopers turned up a small stash of weed.
Now he will be let off on condition he sings for the judge and prosecutor in court.
The deal was cooked up by attorney Kit Bramblett: “You bet your a** I ain't gonna be mean to Willie Nelson,” he declared.
The next time Nelson travels near Sierra Blanca in western Texas he will be required to show up in Judge Becky Walker's courtroom and give his best rendition of Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.
“Willie Nelson is 77 years old and I'm 78,” Mr Bramblett said. “We all know he smokes pot.”