Maureen Callahan: Britney Spears' freedom is in sight thanks to an astonishing turn of events

It’s a victory for Britney

In a move that augurs well for her freedom, a judge ruled Wednesday that Spears can appoint her own lawyer. 

Imagine that. 

Just three weeks ago, such an outcome might have seemed unthinkable to Spears, who testified in open court that her life under conservatorship is absolute hell. 

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“I have an IUD in my body right now they won’t let me take out,” Spears said. She spoke of being drugged into submission, forced to work against her will, and having every minute detail of her life — the choice of her own kitchen cabinets, for example — dictated by a father she calls abusive.

“Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management, who played huge roles in punishing me when I said ‘no’ [to going on tour] — ma’am, they should be in jail.” 

In the short time since, Britney Spears has been able to do what no modern president has: quickly forge a bipartisan effort that is fully united.  

The fact remains it is way easier to be placed under conservatorship — to have all your inalienable rights taken from you

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