Britney Spears is getting support from multiple disability rights organizations after expressing her wish to hire her own attorney in the conservatorship case.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, lawyers for 27 different disability groups filed an amicus brief, which essentially asks to be heard within a certain case, even though they are not technically involved in any way. The groups are from all different sectors, including AIDS advocacy, autism support, civil liberties, and even aging assistance.
In the filing, the groups all agree Britney should be allowed to hire a lawyer — of her choosing — and not have one chosen for her by the Los Angeles County Courts. The groups, including Choice in Aging, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, and Disability Right California, described the reasons why they are supporting the pop star and believe the decision, in this case, could be important to anyone in a similar position going forward.
Disability Groups Support Britney’s Right To Hire Own Attorney
There is an “importance of ensuring that a conservatee can select her own lawyer, where, as here, she has expressed a desire and an ability to do so,” the document states. Adding, “The brief provides statutory and Constitutional support for this right. The brief further outlines the importance of ensuring access to information and tools relevant to the selection of counsel, and offering supported decision-making if the conservatee wishes.”
As we reported, Britney’s current conservator filed legal documents, which included text messages from the pop princess where she specifically asks to be given names of specific lawyers she can hire for herself.
Interestingly enough, according to multiple reports, Britney has already signed up with a very powerful law firm in Los Angeles to represent her going forward. The ‘Toxic’ singer has reportedly reached out to Mathew Rosengart, who has repped many celebrities like Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, and Steven Spielberg. Rosengart has agreed to work with Spears and will appear at a hearing Wednesday to seek permission from the court.
Britney Spears Has A Lawyer In Mind…
Of course, the decision will be up to the judge to allow this lawyer to join the case. Normally, like in the past, the court appoints an attorney to someone under a conservatorship. It should be noted, Britney is unable to sign her own contracts — like hiring a lawyer — while under a conservatorship. The worst part is that the person who could approve such a move is her father, Jamie Spears. The very same person she is trying to get removed from the case.
During this week’s hearing, Rosengart will argue that Britney has every right to hire him and point out the ridiculousness that Jamie Spears would be able to deny her that right — especially since part of the reason she is hiring an attorney is to get him out!