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Mistrial for Spears

Britney Spears will not face a retrial over allegations she drove without a valid California driver's license after a Los Angeles jury failed to reach a verdict Tuesday.

Jurors remained deadlocked 10-2 on whether the 26-year-old pop star was guilty. A mistrial was declared, prosecutors said they wouldn't pursue the matter – and Spears was spared a criminal record when the judge dismissed the case.

Ten of the 12 jurors favored outright acquittal for Spears, who never appeared in court. Her attorney, Michael Flanagan criticized prosecutors for bringing a “fix-it ticket” to trial because his client is famous.

But Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Michael Amerian said blame for the case getting this far belonged to Spears, who rejected two plea deals – one that included probation and another that would require her to pay a $1,000 fine. Flanagan has said Spears fought the charge to keep her record clean.

Gary Moy, the jury's foreman, said Tuesday that he thought prosecutors did enough to convict Spears but that the majority of his fellow jurors could not be swayed and thought the case was a waste of time. Moy added that he believed some jurors favored Spears because of her fame. Associated Press

Spotted …

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse enjoying a glass of J. Lohr chardonnay Monday night at Ballantyne Resort's Gallery bar.


Author Doris Lessing, 89. Actor Christopher Lloyd, 70. Actor Derek Jacobi, 70. Actor Tony Roberts, 69. Actress Annette Funicello, 66. Actress Catherine Deneuve, 65. Actor Jeff Goldblum, 56. Luis Guzman, 51. Comedian Carlos Mencia, 41. Country singer Shelby Lynne, 40. Reggae rapper Shaggy, 40. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki, 18.

This day in history Oct. 22

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