Texas court rejects Willie Nelson marijuana plea deal
When it comes to possession of marijuana cases in Texas, there’s no place like Austin. The red-headed stranger found out as much after he was busted in El Paso County at a border checkpoint with 6 ounces of weed. The deal, which would have had him plead to a reduced charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and pay a $500 fine, was rejected by Judge Becky Dean-Walker, who suggested that Willie should not get any special treatment.
While this would have been a pretty sweet plea bargain, reducing a state jail felony to a Class C misdemeanor, I suspect it has less to do with Willie’s celebrity status than with his choice of attorneys – Austin’s own Joe Turner, who was my very first boss out of law school for a few months before I went to work for the Travis County Attorney’s Office. Joe is the quintessential fighter, and the El Paso DA is going to have quite a handful if they force Willie to trial. Go get ’em Joe!
Read the article from the Washington Post here.