Who is Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' little sister who the singer just called out in conservatorship battle

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Why is Britney under conservatorship?

Britney was put under conservatorship following her very public breakdown in 2008. Following a year of seemingly erratic behavior—such as shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella—the singer was put under a "5150 hold" in a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation. HarpersBAZAAR.comWhat Is the "Free Britney" Movement? - Britney Spears's Conservatorship Details

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Britney also revealed that she wasn't happy when Jamie Lynn used her music in a performance at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. “I don't like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes,” she wrote. “My so-called support system hurt me deeply!!!!” GlamourBritney Spears Fans Think She Looked ‘Annoyed’ In Clips of Jamie Lynn's 2017 Tribute Performance

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Adam Streisand, the trial attorney who represented Britney Spears at outset of conservatorship, provides insight into her case on ‘America’s Newsroom.’

Britney Spears, the 90s pop star in the throes of a legal battle over her conservatorship, posted what seemed like a cryptic message on Instagram late Sunday. 

The star’s hair was pulled back and she was dressed in a red halter top and green athletic shorts. She looks to be in a large room of a home. She twirls and sings along to Billie Eilish’s "Bad Guy."

Her post read: "May the Lord wrap your mean ass u in joy today…PS RED [three pictures of red roses]!!! Psss…this is Bad Guy part 2….same song new dance…if you don’t like it…don’t watch it."

Spears, who has been under court supervision since February 2008, wants her conservatorship to end. She was in the midst of a public meltdown at the time and her family sought the conservatorship for her protection.

Last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who called on Spears’ father to immediately resign as her conservator.

"My dad needs to be removed today," she said, adding that she would like to see him charged with abusing his position.

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Britney Spears’ oppressive conservatorship should concern us all | Opinion

NJ.com 20 July, 2021 - 08:11am

Pop icon Britney Spears made a big media splash last month when she went to court seeking to free herself from her legal conservatorship. It was in 2008, amid swirling headlines and several questionable decisions, that her father, Jamie Spears, petitioned for a temporary conservatorship of her “person and estate.” His request was granted and later became permanent by order of the California Superior Court.

Now, some 13 years later and with Spears pushing into middle age, that order has put a legal stranglehold on the star’s very self-agency. The intrusiveness of the conservatorship, which gives the conservators the ability to control Spears’ personal and financial decisions has raised eyebrows and shocked many. Indeed, if you had a friend or relative constrained as Spears has been, you would probably raise a hue and cry to see that they were released so they could get on with living life on their own terms.

Consider, according to her court testimony on June 23:

During her court appearance, Spears said she had not been previously aware of her ability to seek termination of the conservatorship and informally requested the court terminate it now.

The idea that a young and talented star is denied independence over her own reproductive rights would be stunning to much of the public, and in fact, many celebrities have spoken out against Spears’ current situation. Her plight has given rise to the #FreeBritney movement and significant media attention.

In reality, the restrictions to which Spears is subject under her conservatorship, however distasteful, are completely legal. Nationally, an estimated 1.3 million Americans are in conservatorships, with a combined $50 billion in assets. These individuals aren’t allowed to make fundamental choices for themselves, such as how and where to live. Almost all of these conservatorships were created to help the elderly or those with physical or mental health issues and are necessary, but hundreds are also neglected or abused.

What’s extremely troublesome is that Spears’ case is that her legal rights and options for recourse were never properly explained to her by those on her own court-appointed legal team. Spears’ court-appointed attorney recently filed an application to resign from his role after 13 years of representation. The judge ruled on Wednesday that she can now hire her own lawyer, a big first step in her bid to terminate the conservatorship. Moving forward, Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, will handle the star’s case.

Ultimately, many are wondering what Spears can do from here to get out from under the severe restrictions of her conservatorship. According to California law, her first option is to file a formal application to terminate the conservatorship. To be successful, Spears must show the conservatorship is no longer required. She could do this by offering opinions from physicians and experts who have examined her and found she can handle her own personal and financial affairs. The court’s role would be to determine whether Spears continues to lack capacity.

Even if the singer-songwriter is unable to get out from under the conservatorship completely, she can ask the court to address requirements that are overly restrictive, such as being forced to change clothes in front of staff and to take lithium despite its adverse effects. Under California law, her attorney should file a petition to remove these and other mandates that are not in the star’s best interest.

The conservatorship process — originally intended to protect the Princess of Pop — may now be failing her, if her privacy concerns are not being properly addressed. Her struggles may force the California legislature to look inward at its conservatorship laws, as even United States senators, ranging from Ted Cruz to Elizabeth Warren and Bob Casey, have jumped on the #FreeBritney movement.

Specifically, California lawmakers may be prompted to create new laws demanding more oversight of conservatorship and better communication of the terms to the conservatee, including the particulars of how and when they can petition to terminate it. Sanctions for conservators who fail to act in the conservatee’s best interest may also be enacted.

Spears’ disturbing testimony shows that placing individuals under conservatorships can unfairly restrict the civil rights of those with disabilities. The laws governing conservatorships and the responsibilities of the conservators cannot be taken lightly. We can hope that the national interest in Spears’ autonomy will help move lawmakers to revisit the standards for appointing a conservatorship, with an emphasis on using such arrangements only as a last resort.

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England lifts COVID-19 restrictions, wildfires in West, Britney Spears: 5 things you need to know Monday

USA TODAY 20 July, 2021 - 08:11am

England eases its COVID-19 restrictions, a judge will meet with attorneys in Britney Spears' conservatorship case and more news to start your Monday.

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COVID-19 lockdown rules ease in England on Monday despite a recent spike in cases due to the delta variant. The mandates will be replaced by a recommendation that people wear masks in crowded places and on public transport, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week. Johnson will spend 10 days self-isolating after contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, his office said Sunday. Meanwhile, in the U.S., a doubling of COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks suggests the nation has entered a fourth wave of the pandemic. Instead of the virus raging through entire communities, it's expected to target the unvaccinated, including children, and if rates are high enough, also the most vulnerable of the vaccinated: the elderly and the immunocompromised.

The Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle continues Monday with Judge Brenda Penny conducting a conference call with attorneys from both sides. The discussion will cover potential security for the temporary conservator who oversees Spears’ medical care. Last week was a major week for the pop star’s ongoing effort to be freed from the 13-year conservatorship, under which she has little control over her finances or life decisions. Penny granted Spears' request to hire Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, to represent her. In an Instagram post Saturday, Spears vowed not to perform “on any stages anytime soon” as long as her father Jamie Spears remains in control of her conservatorship. “This conservatorship killed my dreams,” Spears wrote.

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Western Europe is still reeling in the wake of devastating flooding that has taken more than 180 lives in Belgium and Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday pledged quick financial aid and a renewed focus on curbing climate change in a visit to the hard-hit village of Schuld, which she described as a "surreal, ghostly situation." Although the rain has stopped in the worst-affected areas of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, downpours have persisted elsewhere in western and central Europe. Scientists can't say for sure whether climate change caused the flooding, but they insist it exacerbates extreme weather disasters around the world.

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Firefighters on Monday are continuing to battle more than 80 major fires raging across the hot, drought-stricken West, fire officials said. Wildfires burning Sunday in 13 states torched more than 1,800 square miles from Alaska to California and Minnesota to New Mexico. Almost 20,000 firefighters were working to keep the blazes at bay. One of the fires, the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, consumed more than 476 square miles – and destroyed at least 67 homes, as of Sunday. The blaze, which was 22% contained, forced 2,000 people to evacuate and threatened 5,000 buildings. Meteorologists predicted critically dangerous fire weather with lightning possible in both California and southern Oregon. “With the very dry fuels, any thunderstorm has the potential to ignite new fire starts,” the National Weather Service in Sacramento said on Twitter.

Social media and tech platforms are feeling the heat from the Biden administration for what officials say is their inaction on stopping misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. President Joe Biden set the tone Friday when he said, "They're killing people," when asked what his message is to platforms like Facebook on COVID-19 misinformation. On Sunday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told "Fox News Sunday" that "misinformation is still spreading like wildfire in our country aided and abetted by technology platforms." And in a CNN interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “If we had had the pushback for vaccines the way we're seeing on certain media, I don't think it would've been possible at all to not only eradicate smallpox, we probably would still have smallpox."

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Britney Spears won't perform on stage, says conservatorship killed her dreams

India Today 20 July, 2021 - 08:11am

For weeks the pop superstar has been pleading with a judge in Los Angeles to free her from the years-long conservatorship largely governed by her father, Jamie, ramping up worldwide interest in her case.

Late Saturday she took to Instagram in a new, public demonstration of her anger.

"I'm not gonna be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do, or think," she wrote.

Instead, she said, she will share her own dance videos "from my living room" instead of from a stage in Las Vegas.

Spears, who rocketed to fame in her teens, suffered a highly public 2007 breakdown -- when the shaven-headed star attacked a paparazzo's car at a gas station.

The following year, a California court placed her under a unique legal guardianship largely governed by her father.

Spears swiftly returned to performing after that, released three albums, appeared on various television shows and even took up the Las Vegas residency she referenced in the Instagram post.

But in January 2019, she abruptly announced she was suspending her performances until further notice.

And then last month, the singer made an impassioned plea for her situation to change, alleging that she had been prevented from having a contraceptive IUD removed, despite wanting more children, and forcefully put on medication that made her feel "drunk."

Spears said she had been made to perform shows under threat of lawsuit, and that she was not even allowed to get changed in privacy or drive her own car.

"My so-called support system hurt me deeply !!!! This conservatorship killed my dreams ... so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in this world that is very hard to kill ... yet people still try !!!!" she wrote Saturday.

Spears also referenced recent documentaries about her plight that have helped fuel a reckoning about the entertainment industry's treatment of young, female pop stars.

"I didn't like the way the documentaries bring up humiliating moments from the past ... I'm way past all that and have been for a long time!" she wrote.

On Wednesday Spears scored a major victory in her legal battle after a judge ruled she could appoint her own lawyer.

The lawyer appointed by a court following her breakdown had asked to step down from his role, as had the financial management company that was set to assume joint control of her estate with her father.

Spears's longtime manager Larry Rudolph has also quit.

Her father, however, has signalled that he will not step down voluntarily.

Spears has lots of public support, from fans chanting outside the courtroom to her musical peers Christina Aguilera and Madonna to the massive #FreeBritney movement on social media.

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