Britney’s seemingly never-ending driving without a license trial has come to a close. According to TMZ, “the jury could not reach a verdict and the judge declared the whole thing a mistrial. The jury vote came back 10 not guilty, two guilty.
Jurors spent yesterday deadlocked 10-2 and had to be ordered to continue deliberating. She faced a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor.”
UPDATE: It’s official! The judge just dismissed the case outright. The prosecutor said in court he was “troubled by the outside impressions that were brought into the courtroom.”
“The jury is hopelessly deadlocked, and I declare this a mistrial,” stated Judge James A. Steele, who later dismissed the case according to People.com.
“Today’s outcome shows my client did nothing wrong. I consider this a victory,” said Britney’s attorney, Michael Flanagan. “Britney was vindicated in that she took on a system that attempted to make an example of her celebrity.”
At a hearing later on Tuesday, Judge Steele dismissed the case, after prosecutor Michael Amerian stated his desire not to retry Spears. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to ask for [retrial],” Amerian said in open court.
“We put our best foot forward,” said Amerian about trying the case – and adding that he was troubled by the jury foreman’s comments about her fame working in Spears’s favor. “It just goes to show you how difficult it is to convict a celebrity in Los Angeles.”
Bust out the champagne, y’all!