Entertainer Britney Spears has more to sing about today. In Van Nuys this morning, a mistrial was declared in the singer’s driving-without-California-license trial after jurors could not reach a unanimous decision. Jurors have been deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquittal since yesterday; and felt further deliberations would not help them reach an agreement.
So Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Steele dismissed the jury. A short time later, prosecutors announced they were dropping the criminal charge. Spears was on trial for not having a valid California driver’s license when she was involved in a hit-and-run on a parked vehicle back in August 2007.
During the trial, her attorney argued that Spears had a Louisiana driver’s license during the time of the accident because that is where she is a permanent resident. The prosecution countered with evidence that showed Spears married, had children, and filed divorce documents in California, so therefore, she was a resident of this state. Apparently, most of the jurors bought the defense’s argument.
Also, Spears is celebrating her first # 1 hit in more than 8 years on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Womanizer” entered the chart at # 96 on October 16; then quickly jumped to #1 . The song will be on Spears’ upcoming album, “Circus,” which is set for release on December 2 — the singer’s 27th birthday.
Hopefully, all this good news will inspire the troubled entertainer to get her life back on the right track.