Britney Spears Allowed to Choose Her Own Lawyer in Conservatorship Battle

The court granted Mathew S. Rosengart’s request to represent the singer going forward

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A Los Angeles judge has said Britney Spears will be allowed to hire her own attorney in her conservatorship case, according to the New York Times.

Earlier this week, the Times reported that Spears talked to Mathew S. Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, about him and his firm stepping in to take over for Spears’ court-appointed lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III, whom Spears criticized during the hearing last month. Ingham was appointed as counsel in 2008, when a judge declaredher unfit to hire her own counsel. He resigned from the case last week. According to the Times, Judge Penny granted the petition by Ingham to step away, as well as Rosengart’s request to represent Spears.

Spears’ conservatorship dates back to 2008, around the time of her very public mental health struggles. After losing custody of her two children to former husband Kevin Federline and then refusing to turn over her boys after a visit, Spears was hospitalized and placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, beginning the conservatorship under her father, Jamie Spears. 

The pop star is actually under two conservatorships: a conservatorship over her estate, which focuses on financial matters, and a conservatorship over her person, which grants the conservator control over her medical and personal decisions. 

Last month, she spoke out publicly for the first time about the conservatorship at a hearing in the Los Angeles probate court. Since her speech at the June 23 hearing, there have been a series of petitions by those involved in the conservatorship.

“I just want my life back,” Spears said at the hearing. “And it’s been 13 years. And it’s enough. It’s been a long time since I’ve owned my money. And it’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested.” 

Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, two lawyers told TheWrap that if Judge Brenda Penny decided to grant Spears’ petition to hire her own attorney, it would mark a death blow to the conservatorship.

“By allowing Britney to choose her own counsel, are we saying she has regained her capacity to enter a contract, which is something the conservatorship says she is not in a capacity to do?” Benny Roshan from Greenberg Glusker told TheWrap. “It will be an interesting hearing tomorrow to see what the court does. If Judge Brenda Penny approves the appointment of a new attorney, she is indirectly saying that the circumstances that require the conservatorship no longer exist.”

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