A judge ruled Wednesday that Britney Spears may personally choose a lawyer to represent her interests at her conservatory, which could be a critical step in her effort to regain control of her life.
In her emotional and explosive remarks last month, the pop star said she would like to be able to choose who represents her in the court-imposed arrangement, which has governed nearly every aspect of her life for the past 13 years.
On Wednesday, multiple media channels reported Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved the resignation of Spears’ court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, and his replacement with the pop star’s preference, Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor known for taking on celebrity clients.
As she had done in June, Spears also spoke to the court from a distance, calling the conservatorship offensive.
“I thought they were trying to kill me,” Spears said. CNN.
The pop star also scolded her father, Jamie Spears, and the power he had through the conservatory to “destroy my life.”
“I’m here to get rid of my father and accuse him of conservatorship abuse,” she said.
After the hearing, Spears tweeted, “New with real representation today…I feel THANKFUL and BLESSED!!!! Thank you to my fans who support me…You have no idea what it means to me to be supported by such amazing fans!!! !”
Spears’ more aggressive legal tactics are set against the backdrop of an emboldened #FreeBritney social campaign aimed at stepping up scrutiny over her scheme, with fans crowding outside the courthouse in downtown LA and so far away. such as W ashington, D.C., in support of the pop star.
Champions of the #FreeBritney movement hailed the judge’s decision as a huge victory.
Megan Radford, who helps run the Free Britney LA Instagram Account, said she first became suspicious of Spears’ conservatory in 2009 after reading tabloids about what the pop star was allowed to do.
When the judge announced that Spears would be allowed to hire her own attorney, Radford told BuzzFeed News she was “roaring hysterically”.
“We’ve been fighting for so long and we’ve been told for so long that we’re conspiracy theorists and this isn’t real and that we should just move on with our lives and worry about other things,” she said. . “But I think in our hearts, we just knew there was something here, that this was a civil rights issue, this was a human rights issue, this was a women’s rights issue and a disability rights issue, and we kept going even though literally everyone had been talking for years. told not to continue.”
Last week, Ingham said he and co-counsel Loeb & Loeb LLP would resignpending the appointment of a new lawyer.
Ingham gave no reason for his resignation. But his work has come under scrutiny since Spears said for years she didn’t know she could try to finish the conservatory.
In her virtual appearance at the June 23 hearing, Spears said she had only recently begun to build a relationship with Ingham. “I haven’t really had a chance to pick my own lawyer myself, and would love to,” she said. She also said she believes that, based on her ability to perform and tour successfully, she should be released from the conservatory without any further court or psychiatric evaluation.
Following Spears’ comments in June, Ingham said he would speak to her personally about whether she would like him to petition to end the conservatory or whether she would like him to step down.
“Of course I will abide by any decision she makes in that regard and will submit whatever she instructs me to take,” Ingham told the judge.
Wealth management firm Bessemer Trust also has: filed to resign from the conservatory, stating that it “had heard the conservator and respects her wishes.”
On Wednesday, Spears reiterated her desire to end the conservatory without having to undergo any more “dumb” mental evaluations. But Aron Solomon, legal analyst and head of strategy for… Esquire Digital, told BuzzFeed News that would be “problematic.”
“In general, in cases like this, if the motion is filed to end the conservatory, the court will look for evidence that she is capable of making her own decisions,” he said. “There are those who say she should be able to do whatever she wants, but just look at this from a legal perspective: it would be very surprising if a court were to end custody without any tangible evidence that she is able to fend for herself.”
Rosengart told reporters outside the courthouse that Jamie Spears should voluntarily resign as curator.
“We will act quickly and aggressively for his removal,” Rosengart said. “The question remains, why is he involved? He must resign voluntarily, because it is in Britney Spears’ best interests.”
But Jamie Spears’ lawyer Vivian Thoreon doubted the pop star’s allegations of abuse and said her client would not voluntarily resign. Variety reported.
Conservatories are there to take care of the financial and personal affairs of people who cannot do this themselves. As such, the court appoints an attorney to work on their behalf — a standard that is unconstitutional, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU has filed court documents to help Spears choose a lawyer, which it described as “assisted decision-making” — an approach that can be used to ensure people have the support to make informed decisions for themselves.
“It’s not just about Britney,” the group said said. “We hope that providing Britney with assisted decision-making can serve as a model in other cases, because all people with disabilities or under conservatory deserve the opportunity to make their own informed choices and live self-directed lives.”
While she has so far had no say in who represents her, Spears has paid her attorney’s legal bills, as well as the other parties to the conservatorship – although she has said the conservatorship is “insulting.” according to to the New York TimesSince 2008, Ingham has paid nearly $3 million alone.
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