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Pot Prosecutor

Wants Mercy for

Willie Nelson

7/9/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Willie Nelson's fortunes may have changed dramatically ... the guy who's prosecuting him for pot possession is not going along with the judge who wants to nail the singer ... and Willie could walk.

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The judge in Wilie's Texas marijuana case rejected a plea deal struck between Willie and the D.A. in which Willie would have paid $500 and the case would have gone away.  The judge felt the deal reeked of celebrity justice so he told them to come up with a stronger punishment -- with a maximum of one year in jail.

But sources connected with the case tell TMZ ... there's a "strong possibility" the prosecutor will not recommend a stronger punishment, but instead just sit on the case until it's dismissed for lack of prosecution.

Call it defiant, but the prosecutor is riding a wave in Texas to treat marijuana possession for what it is ... and not fill the overcrowded jails with recreational potheads.

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31.

Marie    

Yup, let's jail Willie over a joint but give Casey Anthony a slap on the wrist. Makes total sense to me.

1171 days ago
32.

anon    

Chace Crawford got off in TEXAS with just a slap Willie should too.

1171 days ago
33.

strat*er    

I grew up there. My sister graduated high school with this judge. The DA is so crooked they will screw him into the ground when he dies. The judge wants her 15 minutes of fame. Simple as that. That being said, FREE WILLIE!

1171 days ago
34.

Charity    

If Casey Anthony gets time served then Willie Nelson should just get a fine and be done.

1171 days ago
35.

jack     

glad to see celebrity justice is still alive and kicking.

1171 days ago
36.

niles    

Trust me, you do not want to be the one who put Texas legend Willie Nelson in jail.

1171 days ago
37.

Rogue Warrior    

WOW, I finally have a great deal of respect for this prosecutor!!! Good call and aligned with the times, the HIGH times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WORDOID with a FACTOID embedded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1171 days ago
38.

ChuckRock    

I happen to disagree. This is a repeat offender, had this been a regular person with multiple convictions for pot possession, they would not be getting this special treatment. I see nothing wrong with smoking weed, but if you get caught, there is a price to pay.

1171 days ago
39.

missy    

i agree....leave him alone! he smokes pot! who the hell cares. hes not out murdering children. everything is so fu**ing twisted!

1171 days ago
40.

Puckett    

hahaha! if this is true i LOVE this prosecutor!

1171 days ago
41.

Wids    

Poor Willie... Don't Texas police have better things to do than torture that poor old man? Listen, get out of TEXAS and move to Northern California. At least you won't get prosecuted there. We know you love Texas, but Texas doesn't seem to love or respect you. I love you Willie

1171 days ago
42.

KnuckleDragger    

LEAVE WILLY ALONE!

1171 days ago
43.

cookies    

Do you wonder why America is bankrupt? Putting potheads in jail is one of the reasons. It costs $100,000 to keep a person in jail for 1 year. Let's get smart and change these stupid pot laws.

1171 days ago
44.

Puckett    

FREE WILLIE!

1171 days ago
45.

TheHOLETruth    

Celebrity Justice Triumphs Again!!!! Welcome to America, where everything and anything is possible, if you can afford it and know the right people-and/or A CELEBRITY!!!!

1171 days ago
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