A judge in pop-star Britney Spears’ case granted her the right to choose her own lawyer in her lawsuit against her father.
Spears is suing her father, Jamie, for “conservatorship abuse” over the last 13 years. Court-appointed attorney Samuel D. Ingham III has handled her case since 2008, making little progress in the star’s struggle for freedom. According to Spears, her attorney never told her she had the right to legally fight against the conservatorship.
Earlier this week, Ingham was replaced by Spears’ pick: Mathew S. Rosengart. Rosengart is a popular Hollywood lawyer and a former federal prosecutor, previously serving as a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney and Justice Department Trial Attorney. In her testimony, Spears’ told the court of her father’s control over her finances, work, and even her medical freedom.
She said, “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I have an [IUD] inside of myself so I don’t get pregnant. They don’t want me to have children – any more children.” Conservatorships are typically established to manage the lives of mentally unfit or physically unstable individuals. “I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work,” she said, adding: “The laws need to change … I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”
FBA previously reported, “Spears, 39, was placed under the care of a conservatorship in 2008 after a series of public trials that included being taken to hospital amid concerns for her mental health. New documents show that the judge has responded to a request made by Spears‘ lawyer Samuel Ingham III in November, at which point he said the 39-year-old star was scared of her father, Jamie, and did not want him to manage her multimillion-dollar estate.”
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