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Britney Spears' court battle rages without her



Tbdbritneyspears020508 Britney Spears’ mental health was at the center of a complex court battle Monday, with her court-appointed attorney saying she’s so far gone she has no clue what the legal battle means, the AP reports.

Adam Streisand (Barbra’s second cousin, no less) says Brit doesn’t want her father Jamie to be in charge of her welfare, since he and attorney Andrew Wallet were granted temporary conservatorship over her personal and financial well-being last week.

“She has expressed to me very strongly that her father not be the conservator,” Streisand said. “There has been an estrangement for quite some time. With him as conservator, that is causing her more agitation and more distress.”

But Samuel Ingham, who was appointed to Brit by the court, said that after interviewing Spears on Sunday it was clear  “she lacks the capacity to retain counsel” — meaning Streisand’s very role in the proceedings is suspect.

Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, swears papa is on the up and up: “He’s not here to take over her assets. He’s here to get her medical help. He’s here to take over while she’s healing.”

And that fact that she’s rich (she and her 15 companies are worth $40 million) doesn’t hurt, we’re sure. Of course, she’s also being audited by the IRS, so that’s something to worry about.

Court Commissioner Reva Goetz didn’t rule on whether Streisand can continue to represent Brit — he says she gave authorization over the phone — so we’ll have to see what is decided on that in a future hearing. A custody hearing earlier was continued because of the circumstances.

Streisand also said Britney wanted him to nominate Northern Trust Bank as her conservator, but we’d like to see what ties he has to that bank first.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:34am]


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