Jamie Spears testified in Britney’s misdemeanor driving-without-a-license trial Thursday afternoon at a L.A. courthouse according to People.com.
Jamie Spears, who legally controls Britney’s personal and financial affairs, took the stand in defense claiming Britney is only in California for the sake of her two sons Sean Preston and Jayden James.
“We’re here with her kids,” he said. “We have visitation rights. We have to stay to augment those rights.” Britney, whose ex-husband Kevin Federline has primary custody of their children, will move back to Louisiana once ‘we can travel with the kids (out of state) and spend time there,’ her father said.”
“The prosecution rested its case after calling one witness: Department of Motor Vehicles investigator Gary Edmonds, who testified a DMV document showed that Spears was not licensed in California on the day of the accident,” reports the site.
Jamie continued by listing family members who currently reside in Louisiana, including Britney’s mother, sister, aunts, uncles, and her newborn niece. “Her home is Louisiana,” Jamie said during the hearing. As for when she’ll be returning to Louisiana, “There’s plans right now,” he said.
When asked where Mr. Spears currently lived, he replied, “I live with her. In Beverly Hills.” Then asked for his primary residence, he said, “Louisiana.”
According to Yahoo.com, “the possibility of Britney testifying during the trial… was quashed when Flanagan [Britney’s attorney] asked Jamie Spears whether he would allow his daughter to take the stand.
“No,” he replied.
Paparazzi Sondro Rodregues also testified, claiming Britney “spends roughly 80 percent of her time in the area [L.A.].”
Prosecutor Michael Amerian countered Mr. Spears claims that Britney is a Louisiana resident by stating that Britney’s voter status in Louisiana is “inactive” because “she hasn’t voted there for some time.” Amerian then showed the jury Britney’s divorce filings, which indicated she was a California resident.
According to People.com, “the 26-year-old pop star, who was not in court, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on a charge of not having a valid license at the time of an August 2007 fender-bender.”
A jury of eight women and four men will decide Britney’s fate. Closing arguments are set for Friday morning.