Van Nuys Superior Court Judge James A. Steele has declared a mistrial in Britney Spears’ driving without a license case, after the jury was unable to break the 10-2 deadlock during their 72 hour deliberation. Although Britney could be legally retried, city prosecutors have requested that the case be formally dismissed. What? You were expecting something else? E! Online reports:
“This does feel like a victory,” Spears’ attorney Michael Flanagan told E! News. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge James A. Steele dismissed the jury just moments after the prosecution and defense were allowed to deliver additional closing statements to the jurors. After five votes, the jury foreman confirmed they were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquitting the pop star. All told, the jurors deliberated slightly more than eight hours over a verdict—more time, incidentally, than the lawyers took to try the case. “It was an 80 percent victory,” Flanagan told reporters after the mistrial was declared, adding that the trial itself was pointless, considering it was a misdemeanor charge that was in question. The jury foreman, 45-year-old Gary Moy, confirmed outside the courthouse that “the jury was deadlocked.” “A lot of people had their minds set from the beginning,” he said, adding that many of his fellow jurors agreed that the trial was a waste of time.”
I’d really like to think it was 10-2 in favor chaining this hillbilly to the wing of the space shuttle by her ankle, but hey, what can I say? I’ve always been what some might call an optimist.
Britney crying about something two days ago: