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Willie Nelson Won’t Sing for His Freedom

March 30, 2011

Is it just me, or does it seem every decade or so Willie Nelson finds himself in the scraps with some branch of US government? In the 80s it was the IRS; now it’s the legal system. On November 26, at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Nelson was popped for weed possession. Now if there’s anyone who has earned the right to sip a little weed, it’s Willie. He’s worked hard keeping us abreast of the plight of salt of the earth Americans both real and fictional.

Statements attributed to the prosecuting attorney Kit Bramblett suggested Nelson could resolve his charges by pleading guilty, paying a fine and singing a few bars of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”. Sadly, this was just a case of a prosecuting attorney being cheeky. Oh those Texans legal titans. Fortunately, unlike the Barefoot Contessa, Nelson doesn’t have to perform for free in order to escape his public relation woes. He can simply plead and pay.

Dean-Walker told The Associated Press she thinks the prosecutor was trying to be funny, “and it got out of hand.” She said Tuesday that Nelson can plead guilty without coming to court and singing.


Personally, I would rather hear Willie sing…

What about you? What song would you want to hear Willie sing? What song would you be willing to sing in order to get out of legal woes.

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  1. March 30, 2011 12:37 pm

    I’ve had lots of experience with lullabyes (including City of New Orleans, which I do Arlo style) so I’m thinking I’d hope for an after-lunch hearing, sing the judge and jury to sleep and slip out the back, jack.

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