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A hung jury in Britney Spears trial?

October 20, 2008 |  1:04 pm


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