Judge rules Britney Spears can choose her own attorney in conservatorship case
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A judge overseeing Britney Spears's controversial conservatorship case ruled Wednesday that the entertainer can choose her own lawyer, marking a major shakeup in the ongoing saga.

Spears had indicated in a petition to the court that she wanted attorney Matthew Rosengart to represent her, a request that was granted by the judge, according to multiple media reports.

Spears's previous longtime attorney, Samuel Ingham, resigned earlier this month following the pop singer's bombshell remarks at a June court hearing in which she called for an end to the "abusive" conservatorship.


The 39-year-old "Toxic" singer told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last month that she was "traumatized" by the conservatorship, which was put in place 13 years ago following her public mental health struggles and is headed by her father, Jamie Spears.

"I don't feel like I can live a full life," she said.

Others central to the conservatorship also resigned in the wake of her testimony, including her longtime manager Larry Rudolph and Bessemer Trust, a wealth management firm that was appointed as co-conservator of Spears's estate.

The New York Times reported on Monday that Spears had held discussions with Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, to potentially have him represent her going forward.

Just ahead of Wednesday's court hearing, a group of demonstrators gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington at a rally opposing the controversial conservatorship and calling for congressional action.

Holding signs and marching, the protesters chanted, "Hey hey, ho ho, the conservatorship has got to go!"

Another "Free Britney" rally was held outside the Los Angeles courthouse on Wednesday, with speakers including Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzPhotos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room Justice Department adds 2 top prosecutors in Gaetz investigation: report House GOP leaders urge 'no' vote on Bannon contempt MORE (R-Fla.), one of the lawmakers who has invited Spears to testify before Congress about her conservatorship.

"Britney's been abused by the media, she's been abused by a grifter father, and she has been abused by the American justice system," Gaetz said in a video of his remarks.

"We need to come together and create federal laws of action, a federal change in the law that will free Britney and the millions of Americans who are impacted by a corrupt guardianship system that empowers people to take advantage of the weak."