Judge Rejects Challenge to Control Britney Spears

Judge Rejects Challenge to Control Britney Spears
Jamie and Britney Spears
Flynet; INF

03/25/2008 AT 07:45 AM EDT

Britney Spears's father, Jamie Spears, will remain in charge of his daughter's life after a California Court of Appeal judge on Monday threw out a plea by an attorney on her behalf to challenge the elder Spears's co-conservatorship.

The dismissal by Justice Roger Boren was based on the court's having no jurisdiction to grant an appeal, reports the Associated Press.

Although one event had nothing to do with the other, the decision came on the same day that the pop star took a major step in reviving her career by appearing on the CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother.

On March 11, attorney, Jon Eardley, who claimed to represent the pop star, filed the appeal to challenge Jamie Spears's role. Eardley has not been available for comment since Boren's decision.

On Feb. 14 Eardley filed a civil-rights challenge to the conservatorship, leaving the case in limbo for nearly two weeks – until a federal judge declined to hear it.

Jamie Spears was named co-conservator of his daughter's estate on Feb. 1 following her second hospitalization in a psychiatric facility, when it was determined she was unable to care for herself. His control is in effect until July 31.

In addition to a $58,800 payment to the conservatorship for attorney fees and other costs, Jamie was given weekly payments of $2,500 and the authority to tap his daughter's funds to lease a car for her security team. The pop star also cannot leave California before a scheduled April 7 hearing without permission from the court or from her father.

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