August 20, 2014
A Los Angeles federal judge wants an attorney who claims to represent Britney Spears to explain why her conservatorship belongs in federal court.
Judge Philip Gutierrez ordered attorney Jon Eardley to explain by February 29th why the federal court should intervene in a probate case.
That came after attorneys for Spears' father, James Spears, who was named her temporary conservator February 1st, argued in a motion that the conservatorship should remain in state court.
They argued that a Superior Court commissioner had previously found the pop star did not have the capacity to retain counsel, and that conservatorship matters do not fall under federal jurisdiction.
Eardley filed papers on February 14th to move Spears' probate case to federal court, claiming the terms of the conservatorship violate her civil rights.