Britney Spears Granted Permission to Hire Own Lawyer: Why It's a 'Gamechanger' for Conservatorship
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Britney Spears has been granted permission to hire her own legal counsel to represent her in her ongoing conservatorship case. The latest development could mean a great deal for the singer in her efforts to end her conservatorship.
On Wednesday, Judge Brenda Penny granted Britney permission to hire Mathew Rosengart, a prominent Hollywood lawyer and former federal prosecutor, as her new attorney moving forward.
Britney originally requested the right to hire her own attorney during her testimony at a hearing on June 23, at which point she was represented by her court-appointed attorney of 13 years, Samuel Ingham, who has subsequently resigned.
Legal expert Rachel Stockman spoke with ET on Wednesday and said that Judge Penny's decision to let Britney hire her own attorney is "a real gamechanger."
"Britney Spears finally gets to hire her own attorney, her own advocate to fight for her. She gets to choose someone, she gets to vet the background, and she gets to make that decision," said Stockman, president of the Law&Crime Network. "I think it's a big move and I think it's a really important one."
Stockman also weighed in on the decision to hire Rosengart, calling it a "great choice" for the singer.
"He has a lot of experience, he's dealt with celebrity cases before, and I think he would be a vigorous advocate for Britney Spears," Stockman shared.
"It's extremely important that there's a plan in place when this conservatorship ends," Stockman added. "Britney needs to know what to expect, what's gonna happen with her finances, all this needs to get worked out."
The New York Times previously reported that, ahead of the hearing, Britney was telling others that she wanted to take "a far more aggressive legal approach," and is looking to Rosengart to help her in that endeavor.
During the previous hearing on June 23, Britney addressed the court directly for the first time in years, requesting to terminate the conservatorship without having to be evaluated, see a therapist at her home once a week and more.