A judge has refused to approve a plea deal reducing Willie Nelson's drug charges following a marijuana bust last year (10).
The country icon was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession in November (10) after a Border Patrol agent in Texas smelled pot smoke during a search of Nelson's tour bus.
Nelson reportedly struck a deal with prosecutors allowing him to plead no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia, which he did last month (Jun11), and pay a $500 (£313) fine and $280 (£175) in court costs.
However, on Friday (01Jul11), County Judge Becky Dean-Walker admitted she had signed the plea deal then changed her mind and scratched her name out because she feels Nelson deserves a tougher penalty.
Dean-Walker explains, "I'm not going to be guilty of signing something because someone is a celebrity... Everybody should be treated the same in my court."
The judge claims any other person would receive a more severe punishment. The case, which has been handed back to County Attorney C.R. Bramblett, remains pending, according to Reuters.