Willie Nelson's Sentence: Sing "Blue Eyes" In Court

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Readers will recall that Willie Nelson, red bandana and all, was stopped last November and arrested on charges of marijuana possession. We wrote a little something about it. Let's try to forget that arresting Willie on possession charges of what officially amounts to under three ounces is ridiculous.

What's even more ludicrous about this case, now, is that the prosecutor, one C.R. "Kit" Bramblett, has offered Nelson and his lawyers a plea deal of appearing in court personally, paying a small fine - and performing "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" in the courtroom.

This is a clear case of favoritism and fandomonium, irresponsible, and should be decried as unacceptable. Hopefully, the fact that the County Judge, the honorable Becky Dean-Walker, has stated that her court is "not a jester court" will ensure that this circus move never unfolds.

It shouldn't have been proposed in the first place, however. This cowpoke move by Bramblett, the County Attorney for Hudspeth Coutnty, comes as a result of the possession charge being adjusted from the initial six ounces to less than three ounces.

That places the case back into the jurisdiction of this court, something that Bramblett has jokingly attributed to an instance of he and the Hudspeth County sheriff "[throwing] out enough of it or smok[ing] enough so that there's only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction."

Second is the absolutely unfair arrangement that Bramblett proposes. While he has claimed that Dean-Walker "wants to meet Willie," it seems that Bramblett is the one trying to secure a ditty from the Red Headed Stranger. There's no way in hell that the court would allow or consider asking a rapper like Snoop Dogg or Devin The Dude, both well-known advocates of the green themselves, to perform a song in the courtroom as the extent of their "community service."

Neither would a court allow any normal person to perform the duties of his profession in the court in order to escape the charges and secure a deferred sentence. It's not like they'll be asking the next CPA to do taxes for the judge or having someone landscape the courthouse lawn as their act of community service.

The fact remains that the charges against Nelson carry a maximum 180 days in jail and/or $2,000 fine, and that common practice in these cases does not require the defendant to appear in court, but normally resolves such matters through the mail. So just let Willie quietly pay his fine, and maybe issue a private apology for arresting him in the first place, and let the whole thing fade away instead of churning it into a spectacle.

Besides, Mr. "Kit" Bramblett, what makes you think you've got any right to demand that the legendary Willie Nelson play the specific song you've selected?

Follow Rocks Off on Facebook and on Twitter at @HPRocksOff.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.