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Old 31-Mar-2011
Willie won't have to sing for his freedom

A Texas judge says Willie Nelson won't have to sing in court to resolve marijuana possession charges and a suggestion that he do so was a joke.

County Attorney Kit Bramblett had said Nelson could resolve the charges by pleading guilty, paying a fine and singing Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain for the court.

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

Dean-Walker said she thinks the prosecutor was trying to be funny "and it got out of hand". She said on Tuesday that Nelson can 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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