On This Date: Willie Nelson Arrested For Possession, Prosecutor Jokes Singing For The Court Would Get Him Off

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I will never pass up an opportunity to tell a good Willie Nelson story.

On this date back in 2010, he was arrested on his tour bus for possessing marijuana at a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, while on tour traveling from California to his ranch in Austin, Texas.

At the time, Willie was 77 years old and told the officer that all six ounces of marijuana were his. He was held in custody briefly, and paid a $2,500 bond prior to being released.

Of course, it wasn’t the first time he’s been arrested for possession of marijuana. Back in 2006 in Louisiana, he was arrested after 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms were found on his tour bus.

And, prior to that in 1996, he was arrested in Waco, Texas, after police officers said they saw a joint in his car’s ashtray, which he then admitted there was a little more weed under the car’s floorboard. Gotta love the honesty. The only reason he got caught, really, was because he had pulled off on the side of the road to sleep after an all-night poker game.

It’s no secret that Willie has long been an advocate for decriminalization of marijuana, and in 2015, he opened his cannabis company called Willie’s Reserve. As of right now, though, it’s mainly grown and sold in Colorado and Washington.

Prosecution’s Joke Doesn’t Land

But, the best part of this story is the media frenzy that ensued when the prosecutor of the case, Kit Bramblett, jokingly said that if Willie would sing “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” for the court, as well as paying a measly $100 fine on charges, she would let him slide.

Of course, it was all in good fun, but people couldn’t take a joke even 10 years ago either, and the comment sent the media into an absolute frenzy over the fact that Willie would evade the legal system and not go through what every other person does who gets arrested on similar charges.

In fact, Judge Becky Dean-Walker had to clarify on the record that the prosecutor was trying to be funny and “it got out of hand”

As much as we all hate it, if I ever get jury duty again, I’d probably volunteer just to hear this in the court room:

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