By Aron Solomon
Will Jamie Spears back away from his stated position that he is not only fine stepping away as conservator, but that the conservatorship should end as well?
With pressure mounting on Jamie Spears, including news that the FBI may be launching an investigation into some of the allegations contained in the Friday release of the New York Times documentary on Britney‘s life, we may be dealing with a highly unpredictable person at this point.
It is honestly impossible to predict what Jamie Spears’ position might be in a hearing that will examine whether he should remain as conservator and consider whether the conservatorship should remain in place at all at this point. It would not be impossible for him to change his mind and submit to the court that he wishes for the conservatorship to remain in place for Britney‘s health and in her best interest, and that as a conservator with 13 years experience in this case, that he wishes to remain in place as well.
Obviously, with new evidence coming out day by day, this could be a risky and ill-advised strategy. But these kinds of court hearings are always full of surprises, as the past hearings have been as well when Britney‘s fans were treated to hearing her speak about her case and well-being. The lesson here is that we won’t know what we’re going to get until we get it.
Will Judge Penny refer to any of the allegations set forth in either the New York Times documentary released on Friday or the Netflix documentary released this Tuesday?
Both of these documentaries are full of potentially damaging allegations to not only Jamie Spears, as conservator, but to others he employed and arguably manipulated to control Britney‘s life. Looking at this the day before the hearing, it would seem exceptional for the judge to raise the subject of the documentaries themselves, but it is not impossible for her to ask questions perhaps of Britney and her lawyer regarding very specific allegations.
The difficult thing to keep in mind in such an emotionally charged case, is that these two documentaries are simply that – just documentaries. Like most documentaries, there are allegations of fact mixed with a lot of opinion and a certain angle to convey the perspective of the filmmarkers. Certainly, there are things that were covered and said during the documentaries that will eventually (but probably not tomorrow) be proven to be true, but the things said during the documentary can also be proven to be false. It will be very interesting from the perspective of legal watchers, to see if Judge Penny references these documentaries in any way on Wednesday.
Will the court suggest as part of the process to end the conservatorship, that Britney bring forth psychological reports or other admissible evidence that she is able to take care of her own affairs?
Over the past weeks and months, Britney has repeatedly raised the suggestion that she will not undergo any further psychological testing. Well it is certainly her prerogative not to, in hearings to end a conservatorship where the person became a conservatee because there was fear that they could not tend to their own affairs or might hurt themselves, that conservatee is going to need to prove to the court that they are now truly well, not just well in the eyes of their fans. This is, again, going to be made more challenging by the nature of the documentaries. They paint Britney as someone who was taken advantage of, someone who has a lot of skill and ability to create wealth for themselves and others, but also someone with a history of severe emotional problems.