Britney Spears case dismissed after jury deadlock leads to mistrial

The criminal driving-without-a-license case against Britney Spears in Los Angeles has been dismissed.


A mistrial was declared yesterday morning when jurors said they couldn't come up with a unanimous decision after two full days of deliberations. Jurors were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquitting the pop singer of any wrongdoing.

A couple of hours later, prosecutors said they would not pursue the criminal case further, and the case was dismissed.


Spears, 26, never appeared during the trial.

An 'Odd Couple' homage?

Gillian Anderson, star of The X-Files TV series and movies, has given birth to a boy named Felix.

Anderson's manager, Connie Freiberg, said Felix was born Oct. 15 in London. He is the second child for Anderson, 40, and her boyfriend, British businessman Mark Griffiths. Their son Oscar will be 2 next month.

Freiberg said Anderson didn't name the boys after characters from the classic comedy The Odd Couple.

"She's never even seen the show. She had no idea," Freiberg said yesterday.

Tops on TV

CBS' CSI reached the top of the TV ratings ladder for the week of Oct. 13-19 with its 19.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.


The others in the top 10 (in millions): NCIS, CBS, 18.0; Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 17.8; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 15.5; The Mentalist, CBS, 14.9; Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 14.8; Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 14.8; Two and a Half Men, CBS, 14.7; 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.5; CSI: Miami, 13.2.

Kid stuff

Governor Dora the Explorer?

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire will be costumed as the popular children's character when she continues a tradition of greeting Halloween trick-or-treaters at the governor's mansion in Olympia.

Her husband, Mike, will join her as Dora's sidekick "Boots the monkey."

Quick clicks


* Showtime has picked up the fourth and fifth seasons of its drama Dexter, which stars Michael C. Hall as a Miami blood-splatter expert who moonlights as a serial killer. Showtime said each season would consist of 12 episodes, Variety reports.

* Knight Rider, NBC's update of the 1980s series, has gotten the nod for a full season. While not a ratings blockbuster, the show, starring Justin Bruening, did win its time slot with the valued young adults.

today's birthdays

Author Doris Lessing, 89.

Actor Christopher Lloyd, 70.

Actor Derek Jacobi, 70.


Actress Catherine Deneuve, 65

Actor Jeff Goldblum, 56.

Country singer Shelby Lynne, 40.