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A hung jury in Britney Spears trial?


Jurors at Britney Spears' driving-without-a-license trial said Monday morning that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Judge James Steele read the panel additional legal instructions and ordered them to resume deliberations. "I'm going to ask you to make another attempt to resolve whatever differences you have," the judge said. The jurors, who began their deliberations Friday, did not reveal how many panelists had voted the entertainer guilty.

Spears, 26, did not attend the trial. She faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor.

The charge stems from an Aug. 6, 2007, fender bender in a Studio City parking lot. She originally faced an additional count of hit and run, but the charge was dropped after she reached a civil settlement with the owner of the other vehicle.

During the trial, an attorney for Spears argued that she was not required to carry a California license because she considers her native Louisiana her true home and held a valid Bayou State license at the time of the accident.

— Harriet Ryan

Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Six months in prison for the "misdemeanor" of driving with a valid license from another state??????????? Why is this not a $100 or $200 fine at worst?
Who runs California? The S.S.? The Khmer Rouge?

If this were anyone else it would have never of gotten to trail give me a break give her a fine and move on!!

Only in California, and even then only in LA could this happen.

They could have offered her the fine and the charges dropped, lots of people charged with this ofense get that offer.

Why is this prosecuitor stuck on her pleading guilty to a criminal act, a fine, and a year of probation? WHY???

I hope they deadlock, serves California right for using the system to carry out a grudge.


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