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Britney Spears Case Ends in Mistrial

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In a court case that's so pedestrian other than the defendant (and even that could be disputed), it's big news. The Britney Spears driving without a valid license case has finally come to a close, days after the the jury tried, but failed, to agree on a verdict.

Now that a mistrial has been declared, maybe it's time to get to the real issue for those of us not so enthralled with the pop tartlet: the lack of marketing and state bureaucracy when it comes to what is residency. Spears messed up with that: "An attorney for Spears argued that she was not required to carry a California license because she considers her native Louisiana her true home and held a valid Bayou State license at the time of the accident," according to the LA Times.

While the term residency is used loosely, California has different definitions of it, all for the purposes of collecting money. If you're a student seeking in-state tuition, you're not a resident unless you've lived here for a year and with intent to make a permanent stay. If you just moved here and you want to drive, you're a resident 10 days after you arrive and must get a CA drivers license (you must also register your car with the state within 20 days). To vote, you must be a California resident, but you don't need a CA drivers license to prove that--just give them your California mailing address.

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