Jury Selection Begins in Britney Spears Traffic Trial

Jury Selection Begins in Britney Spears Traffic Trial
Britney Spears
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updated 10/15/2008 at 08:00 PM EDT

originally published 10/15/2008 08:00PM

With jury selection underway Wednesday in Britney Spears's trial on a driving-without-a-license charge, two potential jurors expressed doubt about her innocence.

"I'm sure that she's guilty," said the juror, an elderly woman who works as a substitute teacher. "From (what I see in) the media, I cannot be fair, I have bias."

Another prospect (the jurors are identified only by number), a middle-aged male employed as a sandwich maker, also said, "I think this case is a slam dunk. I think she's guilty."

The trial on the misdemeanor charge is expected to last three days, Superior Court Judge James A. Steele said. Included in a potential list of witnesses are Spears's father Jamie, several police officers, and a photographer.

By day's end, only one potential juror out of a total of 31 brought in was excused because she stated that she "deals with Britney Spears's business manager."

No opening statements or witnesses were heard. Jury selection resumes Thursday.

The trial began after a year of legal bickering in which the 26-year-old pop star rejected plea deals. She faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The charge stems from Spears's fender-bender in August 2007 in which she had a Louisiana license but not a California license. Prosecutors claim that as longtime California resident, she should have had a license from that state.

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