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Who's on Willie Nelson's mind? The judge who agreed to bar evidence in his misdemeanor marijuana possession case.

Judge Michael Gassaway ruled that police had no business searching Nelson's Mercedes when they found him asleep alongside a highway in May. Nelson said he had pulled over and nodded off after a long night of poker with friends.

Police found less than an ounce of marijuana in the car.

"If those guys had given me an option that I could have lived with, I might have just paid the fine and went on, but they didn't," Nelson said.

Instead, Nelson said, authorities wanted to give him six months probation, a fine and take his driver's license away.

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