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Judge rejects plea deal in Willie Nelson pot case

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Posted: Jul 7, 2011 11:08 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Willie Nelson, plea deal, marijuana possession, Texas, Border Patrol, drug paraphernalia, country music, WBRZ

EL PASO, Texas - 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.

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