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    Britney Spears Trial: Family "Relieved" It's Over, Jury Calls Case "Weak"

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    Britney Spears and her family can heave a huge sigh of relief: Their court ordeal is officially over.

    A judge dismissed the jury Friday in Sam Lutfi's defamation case against the X Factor mentor, a day after tossing out the self-described ex-manager's entire lawsuit against the pop star and her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears, for libel, breach of contract and battery.

    In addressing the jury, Judge Suzanne Bruguera said: "We have with your help made decisions in this case. Your part is complete. You are discharged. You may now talk to anyone and everyone about this case."

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    The pop star's family couldn't be more elated.

    "We're happy. We're just thrilled it's over," Lynne Spears tells E! News exclusively, adding that the family plans to celebrate by spending the weekend with the grandkids.

    In a press conference afterward, Lynne added that the most difficult part of the ordeal was "just listening to all the things that were said and being reminded of things."

    Jamie's attorney, Leon Gladstone, expressed "a certain disappointment with it being over without a verdict." But in a show of gratitude, Gladstone invited all the jurors to lunch with the Spears family's attorneys, where both Jamie and Lynne reportedly planned to stop by to personally thank them.

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    Jurors, meanwhile, exclusively tell E! News that they had doubts about the case's prospects and remained skeptical about Lutfi's claims.

    "It was a very weak case," juror Veronica Jones tells us. "We weren't given a lot of evidence to support or to come to any conclusions. I wasn't convinced he had a case, a real strong case...I kept wondering how it got this far for so many years with the facts that they had."

    She also added that she "felt for Britney's mom," but called into question Lynne's decision to pen her controversial memoir, Through the Storm, that spurred Lutfi's claims of libel.

    "Why should she write a book and put it out there for the world to see when her daughter was hurting," Jones wondered. "I just thought fame and money is not worth all that. It is not."

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    Juror Alberto Ortega, likewise, believed that Lutfi's allegations had no merit from the get-go.

    "For me there was no case," he tells E! News exclusively. "I gave Lutfi the benefit of the doubt, but I didn't believe him…If you are dealing with a contract that big you should have a contract," referring to Lutfi's claims the pop star verbally committed to hiring him as a manager. "An oral contract is for someone mowing the lawn."

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