Britney Spears Allowed To Hire Her Own Lawyer, Judge Rules

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved Britney Spears’ request to hire her own attorney.

Judge Brenda Penny’s decision comes 13 years after the singer was deemed mentally incapable of determining her legal representation.

The star chose a new professional to represent her in the trials to end the conservatorship, arguing that she has the right to decide who will defend her.

The attorney agreed to the star’s petition and appeared in court on Wednesday, TMZ reported.

Britney signed a legal document expressing her desire to hire the mega law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The law firm would represent her in the long-drawn-out battle to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from the conservatorship.

TMZ previously reported that Britney planned to hire a partner at the firm, former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart.

Mr. Rosengart is widely known for representing many celebrities, including film director Steven Spielberg, basketball player Jimmy Butler, and Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Sean Penn.

He agreed and remotely appeared during a short hearing on Wednesday, asking the judge to appoint him.

When the judge asked the 39-year-old woman if she wanted to retain Mr. Rosengart, she answered by phone that she did.

Yesterday, the judge approved the resignation of Ms. Spears’s long-time court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III.

Ms. Penny also approved the resignation of the wealth management company Bessemer Trust, which had previously signed to be a co-conservator to the singer’s millionaire estate.

Jamie Spears’ lawyers did not object to the court’s decision to allow Britney to choose her new lawyer.

After the judge appointed Mr. Rosengart as her new attorney, Mr. Spears tearfully read a written statement reiterating her desire to end the 2008 conservatorship.

The pop star said it had ruined her life, calling for her father to be removed as conservator and accused of abusing his role.

“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she said.

The Los Angeles court’s decision was greeted with cheers outside the courtroom.

Dozens of #FreeBritney activists, disability rights organizations and fans shared news updates through a pink bullhorn amid hugs and tears.

Rep. Matt Gaetz was among the crowd and demanded a change in federal laws over conservatorships’ overseeing.