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Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, has agreed to step down after 13 years as her estate conservator.

The shocking announcement comes after a California judge denied Britney's motion to remove her father as her conservator last month.

Britney filed a motion to remove her father from the controlling role he has held over her for 13 years.

Her new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, argued that Jamie Spears' presence caused his client anxiety and many sleepless nights.

In new legal documents, Jamie's lawyer revealed his client is tired of the "unremitting" and "unjustified attacks" by Britney's vocal supporters and members of his own family.

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Court documents obtained by TMZ read:

"There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate... and it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears' best interests.

"Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests. So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter's new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator."

The lawyer adds:

"Regardless of his formal title, Mr. Spears will always be Ms. Spears' father, he will always love her unconditionally, and he will always look out for her best interests."

Rosengart responded to the news by telling TMZ:

"We are pleased but not necessarily surprised that Mr. Spears and his lawyer finally recognize that he must be removed. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others..."

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Back in June, when Britney first testified against her father, she said her conservatorship had left her "traumatized" and "depressed", and she called for her father to be jailed.

She argued that her father controls every aspect of her life including who she can date and whether she can have more children. Britney, a mom-of-two, is forced to wear an IUD for birth control. The singer who is worth $60 million receives a $2,000 weekly allowance.

"They have me going to therapy three times a week and to a psychiatrist... I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive," she told the court. "I don't feel like I can live a full life... I need your help. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management... they should be in jail."

The FBI is investigating death threats sent by Britney's fans to Los Angeles Country Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, who is Black.

Britney is best known for her pop hits "Baby One More Time" and "Oops!...I Did it Again," which each sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

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A California judge has denied Britney Spears' motion to remove her father Jamie Spears as her conservator.

During an emotional hearing last week, Britney and her lawyer pleaded with Judge Brandy Penny to remove Jamie as her conservator of 13 years.

She argued that her father controls every aspect of her life including who she can date and whether she can have children. Britney, a mom-of-two, is forced to wear an IUD for birth control. The singer who is worth $60 million receives a $2,000 weekly allowance.

But Los Angeles Country Superior Court Judge Penny, who is Black, has now denied the request. "The conservatee's request to suspend James P Spears ... is denied without prejudice," she said in her ruling.

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Britney's dad was initially put in charge as a co-conservator of her personal and professional affairs in 2008, following her infamous mental health breakdown.

However, he has not overseen her personal and business dealings in years due to his failing health and alcoholism.

Jamie Spears lives in an RV trailer in Louisiana near a storage unit that contains memorabilia from his daughter's pop music career.

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He reportedly relinquished part of his control over Britney to Jodi Montgomery, the person Britney's own lawyer, Sam Ingham, recently requested to be appointed the star's only conservator.

However, Judge Penny denied the motion on Wednesday.

After hearing the disappointing news, Britney posted videos on social media that shows her dancing in heels and changing into three different two-piece bikinis. The 39-year-old singer's still flawless bod stunned her 31 million followers.

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The pop star is on vacation in Hawaii with her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari.

Numerous celebrities showed support for Britney on social media, including R&B legend Dionne Warwick, who tweeted that her "heart goes out to Britney Spears" and that she felt the pop star’s pain.

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"How in the world could anyone endure what she has been enduring? Thirteen years of bondage - this is exactly what it is," Warwick said. "Bondage is not something 2021 should even recognize. Give her back her rights, give her back her life. Set her free."

Britney is best known for her pop hits "Baby One More Time" and "Oops!...I Did it Again," which each sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

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Justin Timberlake was among the celebrities showing support for singer Britney Spears after she spoke against her conservatorship in court on Wednesday.

Justin expressed his "absolute support" for his ex-girlfriend, after she asked a judge to end her father's conservatorship over her personal and financial affairs.

Speaking via telephone to a judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Britney, 39, said her father Jamie Spears has been acting as her conservator to control her personal and business affairs for the last 13 years.

Britney has accused her father of being an alcoholic who forced her to get an IUD, controlled who she slept with, and even told her which color to paint her kitchen cabinets.

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The pop singer, who is worth $60 million, is given $2,000 a week allowance and does not have control over her own finances.

She has been under conservatorship since her well-publicized public meltdown in 2008, and was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for mental health evaluations.

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Britney called for her father to be jailed. Jamie Spears is pictured leaving the Los Angeles County Superior courthouse on March 10, 2008.

"They have me going to therapy three times a week and to a psychiatrist. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life. In the meantime, I want this therapist to come to my home, I'm not willing to go to Westlake ... They set me up by sending me to the most exposed places. I need your help.

"My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management … they should be in jail."

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Britney - who shares sons Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline - claims her conservators made her get an IUD (intrauterine device) as a form of birth control, even though she wants to "get married and have a baby" with her boyfriend Sam Asghari.

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#FreeBritney activists protested at Los Angeles Grand Park during Britney's conservatorship hearing on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Justin Timberlake -- who dated Britney from 1999 to 2002, wrote:

"After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was... what's happening to her is just not right.

"No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body. No one should EVER be held against their will... or ever have to ask permission to access everything they've worked so hard for."

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Justin's wife Jessica Biel also shared her support, and the pair are hoping the courts and Britney's family "let her live however she wants to live".

He tweeted: "Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live."

Khloe Kardashian posted: "No one should be treated like this. Stay strong Queen!! You deserve better #FreeBritney."

Singer Halsey wrote on Twitter:

"Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today.

"Additionally, f**k anyone who thinks they have the authority as an institution or individual to control a person's reproductive health. #FreeBritney."

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The sister of one of the men charged with drugging and raping a Spring Breaker in Florida pleaded with a judge to let her brother out on bond.

Christine Englehardt, 24, was given a "green pill" by 21-year-old Evoire Collier (center) and 24-year-old Dorian Taylor (right) on Thursday. The trio then headed back to her South Beach hotel room.

Englehardt had made the 1,200 mile trip from her home in Bucks Country, Pennsylvania, to attend the Spring break festivities alone, her father told NBC Miami.

Although she was safety conscious at home, Englehardt apparently let her guard down when she met Collier and Taylor, who were both in town from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Her semi-nude body was found in her room at the Albion Hotel at 1650 James Avenue on Thursday, the Miami Herald reported.

Surveillance footage taken from the hotel lobby shows the two suspects accompanying Englehardt into the hotel around 1 a.m. Thursday. Taylor is seen holding Englehardt by her neck as she staggered to the elevator.

Collier later confessed that both suspects had sex with Englehardt, and Taylor raped her while she was unconscious.

They then stole her personal belongings, including her cell phone, credit cards and cash.

Police say Collier and Taylor went on a spending spree with Englehardt's credit cards, including purchasing liquor at South Beach Liquors.

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Both suspects are pictured (right) in the background of another spring breaker's Twitter photo. Collier is shirtless while Taylor wears a white shirt in the photo.

The two suspects were arrested over the weekend and appeared in a Miami-Dade County courtroom before Judge Mindy S. Glazer on Monday.

The sister of the younger suspect (Collier) made an emotional plea to Judge Glazer to let her brother go free on bond.

"I'm severely, um, bewildered by these charges and accusations against him, but I can attest for his character and I can attest for responsibility of him standing trial for whatever charges if you please let my brother come home and let our family handle the situation appropriately. We will do what ever is necessary that Miami-Dade County asks of us."

Judge Glazer ordered both suspects held without bond until investigators determine whether the pill they gave Englehardt contributed to her death. Police found pills on one of the suspects. The pills were sent to a lab to be tested.
 


 

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Four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd were mobbed by protesters as they left the Hennepin County courthouse on Friday.

The four attended a pre-trial hearing where their attorneys filed motions to dismiss the charges against them. Judge Peter Cahill ruled he would not rule on the defense motions to dismiss the charges.

The judge also declined to rule on motions to combine the four cases into one trial.

Former officer Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death on May 25.

Viral video captured Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes until he expired. The footage sparked violent protests in Minneapolis and around the country.

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Three former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thau and Thomas Lane (pictured above) were fired from the police force and later charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin is the only former officer still in police custody while awaiting his murder trial.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was disqualified from participating in the prosecution because he was present at an interview with a medical examiner, KHOU reported.

The judge also denied motions to allow two of Floyd's earlier arrests into the record to be used as evidence.

No date was given for any additional pre-trial hearings.

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The lawyers for slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery have saluted JAY-Z for helping them seek justice. In an Instagram post, they revealed he chartered a private jet for them so they could attend a probable cause hearing for the defendants in Brunswick, Georgia.

S. Lee Merritt took to Instagram on Thursday to confirm the 50-year-old rap mogul and entrepreneur covered the costs of transporting himself and a colleague to court in Georgia.

"When you absolutely have to be in Court to stand with your client and righteous protestors for justice... Jay Z sends his private jet," he wrote under an Instagram snap of himself outside the plane.

"Court hearing in Brunswick, Georgia this morning. No flights to take us there last night. @leemerrittesq and I spent hours trying to find flights or cars. At 1am we started losing hope till we got a call from Jay Z’s people at Roc Nation who chartered a flight for us to attend this hearing with the family of Ahmaud Arbery," civil rights attorney Blerim Elmazi added.

Merritt also tweeted a photo of himself wearing a black face covering with the words "George Floyd" sewn on it.

He captioned the photo: "An early motion made by the defendants to the court was that I remove my mask. The court declined to consider the motion."

Arbery, 25, was shot and killed on February 23 in Glynn County, Georgia after being pursued and confronted by three white locals in pick-up trucks.

Three men were arrested in connection with the murder after video of the shooting surfaced online.

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Fulton County Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. is accused of using his political influence with the courts to schedule a bond hearing for his client on a day when the courthouse was closed during the Coronavirus outbreak in Atlanta.

Atlanta attorney Precious Anderson only found out about her ex-husband Kashka Scott's bond hearing when she searched the court database for hearings so she wouldn't get any surprises.

She was stunned to learn Scott's hearing was taking place on a day when the courthouse was officially closed during the virus outbreak. Anderson received no official notice of the hearing.

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Scott (pictured right) spent 6 days in jail on a charge of strangling another woman, according to Fox5 Atlanta News. Anderson was in the courtroom to watch her ex-husband's bond hearing unfold earlier this week.

Anderson wanted to be in attendance at the hearing because she is dealing with Mr. Scott on a variety of domestic and legal issues.

Child Protective Services opened 2 investigations into Scott in the last three weeks after receiving two separate complaints of child abuse from mandatory reporters.

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Anderson couldn't understand why -- with the courthouse shut down and no bond motion filed -- Scott was transported from jail and brought into court.

Anderson told Fox5 I-Team reporter Dale Russell why she believes Scott received preferential treatment over the other jailed detainees who don't have high profile attorneys.

"For him to have a hearing here today is just unbelievable, except for the fact of who represents him," she said, referring to Fulton County Commissioner Arrington.

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Arrington admitted he filed an "emergency bond motion" to get a hearing for Scott a half hour after the hearing was scheduled to begin.

Russell searched the court dockets and couldn't find a motion for an emergency bond hearing for Scott. Russell asked Arrington directly if he reached out to the judge personally to request a bond hearing.

Surprisingly, Arrington admitted that he did indeed reach out to the judge in her chambers.

"Uh, yes. I mean, that is something typical that attorneys will do," Arrington told Russell.

Arrington said Scott was concerned that he was locked up in a jail that wasn't adequately screening inmates for the virus.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Abbate told the judge he felt "blindsided" by the bond hearing. He argued that he received no advanced notice of a bond hearing and he had "no time" to review Scott's criminal history or prepare for the hearing.

So Abbate asked for a sky high bond of $150,000 for Scott based on his history of allegedly beating women and children.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rachel Krause admitted the surprise bond hearing was a "strange procedure" during an unusual time.

She said she cancelled an earlier hearing because of fears of a "packed courthouse" during the Coronavirus outbreak in Atlanta.

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Judge Krause said Scott was eligible for a $20,000 bond despite the domestic charges against him. She ordered Scott to make no contact with the woman he strangled or his three children by Anderson. "When I say no contact, I mean no contact," she told Scott.

Anderson, who owns The Anderson Firm, a boutique law firm in Atlanta, says she wished she had more time to prepare for the hearing.

"I'm a member of the bar. I believe in justice, and this is not [justice]," she told Russell.

"This is made for TV. It is made for TV," Anderson said.

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The jury viewed gruesome crime scene photos on day 2 of Henry Segura's 2nd murder trial on Wednesday. Segura is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Brandi Peters, her six-year-old twin daughters, Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, and his own son, 3-year-old JaVante Segura.

All four bodies were found in Peters’ Tallahassee, Florida home on Nov. 20, 2010.

A medical examiner testified on Thursday that Brandi Peters, 27, was pistol whipped, beaten with a heavy, round object and shot to death. Evidence shows she fought for her life.

The bodies of her three children were found stacked in a bathtub. Tamiyah was shot in the back of the head and drowned and the other two children were drowned.

Segura was arrested 10 months later in Le Sueru County, Minnesota, where he fled after the murders.

At the time of the murders, Peters was a single, stay-at-home mother. Prosecutors claim the motive for the murders was $20,100 in child support payments Segura owed Peters for the care of his son, JaVante Segura.

Though Segura signed JaVante's birth certificate, he later claimed Peters told him the boy wasn't his. He said he was in the process of asking the state to perform a DNA test because he couldn't afford the several hundred dollars for the test.

In Segura's first murder trial in 2015, the jury was told his DNA was not found at the crime scene despite his testimony that he had sex with the victim.

The DNA of an unknown female was found under Peters' finger nails, and the DNA of an unknown male was also present on a door handle, bolt lock, phone cradle, Peters' purse, and a shovel at the scene.

Additionally, police recovered a mixed DNA sample from the victim's bedroom phone that was later matched to Angel Avila-Quinones, a member of a Colombian drug cartel who had just been released from federal prison.

Avila-Quinones fled to Italy, where investigators interviewed him but were unable to bring him to the United States due to Italy's tough extradition laws.

The jury did not hear about the DNA match because the evidence was ruled inadmissible in court. Prosecutors claimed Avila-Quinones left the country in 2009, before the murders.

Kelsey Kinard, Segura's former cellmate in an Oklahoma jail, testified that Segura confessed to the four murders in 2011.

A judge declared a mistrial when the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in 2015.