A judge has ruled that Britney Spears can choose her own lawyer in her conservatorship case.

Britney Spears has been granted permission to hire her own lawyer in the long-running struggle for her conservatorship by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. And the pop star has hired Mathew S. Rosengart, a well-known Hollywood attorney and former federal prosecutor, to represent her.

The court had a long list of loose ends to tie up after Spears’ searing testimony in June, in which she outlined her life under the conservatorship.

# FreeBritney activists and disability rights organizations are hailing Spears’ freedom to choose her own lawyer as a victory. This is most certainly the start of a full-fledged campaign to remove Spears from conservatorship. Spears reached Rosengart last week, according to TMZ, and he was in the courthouse on Wednesday, ready to get right to work, indicating he would file a petition to remove Jamie Spears from the conservatorship.

While plans to have him removed from the legal arrangement are in the works, Britney Spears has stated that she only wants the conservatorship to expire if it does not need a mental examination or test.

Politicians have taken notice of Spears’ case, with everyone from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, expressing support for her. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., spoke at the gathering outside the courtroom in favor of # FreeBritney activists.

The judge allowed the resignations of Spears’ longtime court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, as well as the wealth management firm Bessemer Trust, which had previously agreed to serve as Spears’ co-conservator. Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, is now the sole custodian of her financial affairs.

Britney Spears, who attended the meeting via phone, reaffirmed her desire for her father to be removed from her conservatorship. She claims the arrangement “allows my father to wreck my life” and that she is afraid of him. Spears talked about being confined and being forced to take medication, as well as a time when he showed up at her house inebriated.

She stated, “I’m here to get rid of my father and prosecute him for conservatorship abuse.”


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