Willie Nelson (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Last November, marijuana was discovered on Nelson’s tour bus at a border patrol checkpoint. County Attorney C.R. “Kit” Bramblett of Hudspeth County, Texas has been tasked with the case. His suggestion to the judge for punishment: a small fine and a song. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” to be precise.

Next time Nelson’s in the vicinity, he’ll have to come to the court and the judge will decide then whether to approve the attorney’s suggestion. Bramblett said in a phone interview on Tuesday that he can’t tell when the trial will take place.

“The sheriff has threatened me with my life if I do tell because he says that 50,000 people will show up in the town.”

Don’t think the musician is getting off easy — most people who “don’t live right here in this close vicinity” can make a plea bargain through the mail and most detainees are jailed only until their bond is paid. Willie Nelson bonded out within 15 minutes.

Bramblett said that though he thinks Nelson is a “law abiding citizen to a large extent,” the singer should still do some community service. And a song sounds like a good service project as any.

“I am aware that he has been know to use pot for many years. I also know that Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson used to go out after supper and smoke a line of hemp and that’s what marijuana’s made out of.”

If Nelson does perform in the Hudspeth County jail, it won’t be the first time Bramblett has seen him sing. Nelson is one of his favorite singers, after all. And it’s not the first time Bramblett has come across marijuana in relation to Nelson. At a Willie Nelson concert in San Antonio in 1973, he said his wife was confused by the sweet smell of smoke in the arena. His college-age son had to explain to her: “Everybody at the d--- park is smoking marijuana.”.”

(Via the Big Bend Sentinel.)