Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Britney Spears unlikely to be put back in control of her life

Britney SpearsA judge has put the brakes on a legal challenge that could've put Britney Spears back in control of her life.

A lawyer claiming to represent Britney filed a motion last week seeking to have her conservatoriship challenged by moving the case from the Los Angeles County Superior Court to a higher-up federal court.

In legal documents, lawyer Jon Eardley claimed the 26-year-old pop star had 'was being confined by the conservator [her father] to the private prison of her own home in violation of her civil rights.'

But new documents released last night show federal judge Philip Gutierrez has rejected his argument and set a deadline of February 29 for Britney's so-called lawyer, Jon Eardley, to explain why he is involved in the case.

Jamie Spears - who has been in control of the singer's finances and affairs since she was committed to a psych ward last month - claims that his daughter could not possibly have hired Eardley because to do so would breech the conservatorship order that is in place.

Sources close to the family believe Eardly may have been hired by Britney's one-time friend and self-proclaimed manager Osama Lutfi, according to U.S. reports.

Lutfi is the subject of a restraining order to keep him out of Britney's life but he has not yet been served with the papers.

Britney Spears is currently still barred from seeing her kids, despite ex Kevin Federline agreeing to let her have visitation rights restored.

The Toxic singer is banned from having any physical contact with sons Sean Preston and Jayden James.

The court ruling was issued after a standoff at Britney's home last month when she held her sons hostage in her own home.

But both Britney and K-Fed's lawyers were back in court Tuesday to resolve the custody issues but were unable to iron out an agreement. They are expected to meet again and hammer out a deal on March 10.

K-Fed has said he is willing to let Britney see the kids again in a controlled environment - as long as both her parents Jamie and Lynne or a court appointed monitor was present.

By Iain Burchell, Feb 21 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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