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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Willie Nelson deserves better

There's a concept called justice and - I like to think - appropriate justice.

Willie Nelson performing at Cardiff, UKImage via Wikipedia
Not that the LAW must apply differently to some because they're celebrities, but because in some cases, strict application of the law serves no justifiable end.

We all know that Willie Nelson smokes pot. We all know he's done it since time began. So when you bust him for the 300th time since 1955, and the PROSECUTOR says to you, the judge: "Hey, it's old Willie. Let's just fine him for possession and send the old man on his way. He's mostly harmless, and it's not like he was selling it to kids or nuthin. And WE ALL KNOW HE SMOKES!"

El Paso - 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.

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.

Basically, Judge - and with all due respect afforded the Law and its Constitution: This sucks.

I'm posting this video for Willie... Because people of integrity and value are not - have never been - measured by their vices, but by their message, courage and yes, what they give the world.

Sending a 78 year-old man to jail for a personal choice that harms no-one else is not justice. Even the prosecutor says to let it ride FFS!

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