Britney Spears' trial dismissed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 October 2008
Britney Spears

Britney Spears' trial dismissed

Britney Spears' misdemeanour trial for driving without a license was dismissed yesterday (21.10.08), after the jury failed to make a decision

Britney Spears' misdemeanour trial for driving without a license was dismissed yesterday (21.10.08).

The 26-year-old singer - who was accused of driving without a valid California license after a car crash in August 2007 - will not face charges stemming from the incident, after the jury failed to make a decision about whether or not she was guilty.

Judge James A. Steele explained the jury - who had deliberated for three days - was "deadlocked" 10 people to two in favour of Britney's innocence, adding: "I declare this a mistrial."

Britney's attorney Michael Flanagan said: "This outcome shows my client did nothing wrong. I consider this a victory. Britney was vindicated in that she took on a system that attempted to make an example of her celebrity."

After the trial was dismissed, prosecutor Michael Amerian revealed he has no intention to push for a retrial in the case, adding: "We put our best foot forward. It just goes to show you how difficult it is to convict a celebrity in Los Angeles."

Jury foreman Gary Moy explained: "We felt deadlocked from the beginning, there were lots of questions about lack of evidence, whether Spears had a Louisiana license or not, what the definition of residency was.

"We felt we were never given all the facts in the case. Some jurors felt their time was wasted."

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