Britney Spears’ trial stalls as court is unable to appoint a jury
Britney Spears‘ trial for driving without a valid licence stalled slightly yesterday after the court failed to appoint a single juror.
The case stems from an incident in August 2007 when Britney accidentally drove into a parked vehicle in a car park. She was charged with a hit-and-run after leaving the scene of the crash (later dropped after she paid the vehicle’s owner compensation) and found to be driving without a valid licence, as she hadn’t updated her documentation since moving to California from Louisiana several years earlier. Last week, her legal team rejected a plea bargain over the misdemeanor, saying they wanted the charge reduced to an infarction rather than a criminal charge, forcing the trial to take place this week.
Yesterday should have seen the selection of a jury but none of the 25 potential jurors were found to be suitable. Some called the trial “ridiculous” and a waste of taxpayers’ money, with one rejected juror saying: “It’s a slam dunk. I think she is guilty.” Others expressed general dislike for Britney as a person and another person blamed the paparazzi for Britney’s troubles.
The case should have moved forward with opening statements today but that is unlikely to happen until a jury has been selected. The trial was expected to last three days. Britney did not attend court yesterday.
If found guilty at the trial, Britney could face six months in jail. The rejected plea bargain would have reduced the sentence to a $150 fine and a year’s probation.