Britney wants public legal proceedings

Source: Associated Press

On September 3, 2020, Britney Spears filed an objection against sealing records in her conservatorship case. Historically, her conservator and father, Jamie Spears, has kept the case under wraps as much as possible. Jamie does not want witnesses in the courtroom during hearings and wants public records regarding the case sealed, and Judge Brenda Penny regularly approves his requests for secrecy.

Open proceedings are an important part of public oversight of the legal system.

Highlights from the objection include:

  • “Britney’s conservatorship has attracted an unprecedented level of scrutiny from mainstream media and social media alike. Far from being a conspiracy theory or a ‘joke’ as James reportedly told the media, in large part this scrutiny is a reasonable and even predictable result of James’ aggressive use of the sealing procedure over the years to minimize the amount of meaningful information made available to the public.”

  • “Britney believes it is consistent not only with her personal best interests but also with good public policy generally that the decision to appoint a new conservator of her estate be made in as open and transparent a manner as possible. The sealing motion is supposedly being brought by her father to ‘protect’ Britney’s interests, but she is adamantly opposed to it.”

  • “At this point in her life when she is trying to regain some measure of personal autonomy, Britney welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans.”

  • “The world is watching.”