Willie Nelson must sing for his freedom

Willie Nelson performs live on the Pyramid Stage during Day 2 of the Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. This year sees the 40th anniversary of the festival which was started by a dairy farmer, Michael Evis in 1970 and has grown into the largest music festival in Europe. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Willie Nelson, pictured at the Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2010, was told by the IRS in 1990 that he owed $32 million in back taxes, penalties and interest. He paid it off in three years by selling most of his assets, borrowing from friends and turning over to the IRS all proceeds from his next album "The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories:?" He later sued his management team.
Willie Nelson, pictured at the Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2010.
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(CBS/AP) - Mamas, think about letting your babies grow up to be country music legends. If so, they could get sweetheart deals like the one Willie Nelson got for his recent marijuana possession charges. All the singer-songwriter has to do is pay a small fine - and perform "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" in the courtroom.

After being busted for having six ounces of marijuana in his tour bus last November while crossing the border from Mexico to Texas, the 77-year-old singer could have faced serious charges and jail time. Luckily, it seems he has a fan in Hudspeth County attorney Kim Bramblett, who said, "You bet you're a-- I ain't gonna be mean to Willie Nelson."

As for the judge, Becky Dean-Walker? According to Bramblett, "She wants to meet Willie."

As Bramblett describes it, "I'm gonna let him plead, pay a small find and he's gotta sing 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain' with his guitar right there in the courtroom."

While Nelson was initially charged with six ounces of marijuana, the amount was reported to be less than three once packaging was removed. Fortunately for him, anything under three ounces counts as misdemeanor possession according to local law.

"Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there's only three ounces," Bramblett joked.

Looks like the cannabis cowboy will be on the road again soon.

  • Bailey Johnson

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