Update, Sierra Blanca, Texas: “Seems the county attorney, Kit Bramblett, is ready to make a plea deal with the Red Headed Stranger, Big Bend Sentinel Reporter Sterry Butcher reports. “I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom,” Bramblett told Butcher. “You bet your ass I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.”
“Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction,” Bramblett said. (hahaha funny joke about felony evidence tampering and obstruction of justice)
I SEEN THIS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE COMIN’ FROM A LONG WAY AWAY!
The number of Grammies you have shouldn’t determine the objective weight of a package of marijuana. How well you are revered by the outside world shouldn’t determine your jail sentence.
The DA is saying that they reweighed the six ounce package without the packing material and it then weighed less than four ounces. How could the packing material weight more than two ounces? Was it in a fucking rawhide bag?
LAME!!! Poor Chicanos and African-Americans would have done a felony bid for this amount of marijuana.
The DA is currying favor with the public by taking it easy on a Texas icon. By doing so, he breaks his oath to faithfully prosecute defendants fairly according to the law of the land. Willie should do the same time and pay the same fine as anyone else.
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. – Abraham Lincoln.
Willie Nelson was recently arrested in Sierra Blanca with six ounces of cannabis. He was released shortly afterward. It looks unlikely that he will face a single day of jailtime.
I do not believe that our boys in blue are so incompetent that they mis-weighed the marijuana in the first place. Also, what a coincidence! It just so happens that when they re-weighed it is right under the misdemeanor amount of 4 oz. How stupid do they think we are?
I want to make a point clear:
It is a peace officer’s duty to carry out the law. We must blame ourselves (the lily-livered public) and our legislators (the most wretched collection of scum imaginable) for our unjust and asinine laws. I respect the men and women of law enforcement as long as they fairly enforce all laws, just and unjust.
Willie needs to do 180 days and pay the $10,000 fine and have a felony conviction on his record. Anything else is a gross miscarriage of justice. A law that protects the rich and talented but abuses the poor and marginalized is no law at all.
What I assume happened is that it was a PR nightmare for the arresting officers. I assume that Willie’s influential friends (such as Dick De Guerin) raised a stink to high heaven about Constitutional rights and punitive damages and the folks in high places made their choice. They (the DA, the Governor, the Attorney General etc.) didn’t want a trial. They didn’t want the negative publicity. They didn’t want pro-cannabis protesters on the courthouse lawn. If Willie goes to jail, then them long-haired gun-toting rednecks might just start gettin’ a little ornery.
So they took the easy way out and let him go. It’s good for Willie, but bad for justice.
Don’t let this die down (they want it to just die down). Let’s use this as a springboard for reforming Texas’s marijuana laws.
Do yourself a favor and check out NORML. Agree or disagree, just become informed on this debate. Visit a state with medical marijuana and see for yourself whether or not hippies are raping girl scouts in the street.