EL PASO, Texas -- A Texas judge says Willie Nelson won't
have to sing in court to resolve marijuana possession charges -- and
a suggestion that he do so was a joke.

Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett had said Nelson could
resolve the charges by pleading guilty, paying a fine -- and singing
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain for the court.

Bramblett said Judge Becky Dean-Walker demanded Nelson appear in
court, not plead by mail.

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

Nelson was arrested Nov. 26 at a Border Patrol checkpoint in
Sierra Blanca. His spokeswoman had declined to comment earlier on
the sentencing suggestion.

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