Brit’s Conservators Fire Back at Civil Rights Challenge




Attorneys for Britney Spears’ conservators filed another round of papers in federal court on Monday, urging a judge to quickly end a civil rights challenge to Jamie’s control of his daughter’s $100 million dollar estate and keep the co-conservatorship in place.

Attorney Jon Eardley claims to represent the troubled pop star. In legal documents he said that Britney hired him on Feb. 12, six days after her conservatorship was put in place. He claims he has “learned that there have been significant verbal attacks” made against Britney by her father, Jamie Spears, and is concerned for her “emotional and physical safety.”

Eardley goes on to say that during one phone call with Britney, someone snatched the phone out of her hands and disconnected the line a day later. He insists that Britney is unhappy with her father as her conservator and he claims that the case in state court violates her constitutional rights.

But in a motion filed on Monday, lawyers for Britney’s conservatorship said that Eardley has failed to prove that he even qualifies as Britney’s attorney (under Brit’s conservatorship, she no longer has the authority to choose her own counsel) nor has he been able to address the most fundemental legal issues in the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez had asked Eardley to file papers by Feb. 22, explaining the civil rights challenge. However, Eardley told the judge he needed more time to formally file.

The conservatorship motion asks that the case be immediately returned to Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz, and that Eardley be forced to reimburse $43,000 in attorney fees.

Source: OK!


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The battle between Jamie Spears and attorney John Eardley — who’s claiming to represent his daughter Britney — intensified Monday.

Eardley has argued that the pop singer’s civil rights are being violated because she is being held against her will by her father.

In a response filed Monday, a lawyer for Jamie Spears said that Eardley cannot represent the singer because a probate judge in state court found that she “lacks the capacity to hire an attorney, and Mr. Eardley cannot remove the conservatorship proceedings on his own behalf.”

(Jamie Spears became his daughter’s co-conservator last month after she was taken to the UCLA Medical Center for psychological evaluation.)

Jamie Spears’ attorney claimed Eardley’s attempt to move the case to federal court is without legal basis and is hurting Jamie Spears financially.

But Eardley isn’t letting up.

In papers filed Friday, Eardley said Jamie “has now moved into her house and has taken control of her financial assets, as well as her physical custody, all without the benefit of a hearing where Ms. Spears would be present.”

Eardley argued that the singer has never been on good terms with her father and he was “concerned for the emotional and physical safety of Britney under these circumstances.”

Eardley — who told the Associated Press that he has also filed additional documents under seal Monday � said he expected a hearing to be set soon.

Asked when he last spoke with Britney, Eardley told the AP, “I talked to her few days ago and someone wrestled the phone away from her. I’ve not talked to her since then.”

Source: Us Weekly

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