Photos: Britney Spears’ supporters rally against conservatorship in L.A. and D.C.

Derrick Daniels, 32, of Las Vegas holds a Britney Spears doll outside an L.A. courthouse .
Derrick Daniels, 32, of Las Vegas holds a Britney Spears doll outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse with other supporters during a conservatorship hearing for the pop singer Wednesday.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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A judge allowed Britney Spears to hire an attorney of her choosing at a hearing Wednesday in which she broke down in tears after describing the “cruelty” of her conservatorship.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who called on Spears’ father, James, to immediately resign as her conservator.

“We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal,” Rosengart said outside Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown L.A. “The question remains, why is he involved?”

A crowd of about 150 people supporting Britney Spears stands outside a downtown L.A. courthouse.
A crowd of about 150 people gather in downtown Los Angeles outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Wednesday to support pop star Britney Spears
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

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Britney Spears supporters react
Fans react to the news that Britney Spears was granted permission by a judge to hire a lawyer of her choice in her conservatorship battle at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles.
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Protesters walk down steps at a #FreeBritney rally at Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
Protesters walk down steps at a #FreeBritney rally Wednesday near Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The group is calling for an end to the 13-year conservatorship lead by the singer’s father, James Spears, and Jodi Montgomery, who have control over her finances and business dealings.
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People drive past a Los Angeles courthouse holding signs and honking in support of Britney Spears on Wednesday.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
A supporter holds a flag at a #FreeBritney rally.
A supporter holds a flag at a #FreeBritney rally Wednesday outside a courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
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Melanie Carlson, 39, of Washington, D.C., sits on the steps leading to the Lincoln Memorial.
Melanie Carlson, 39, of Washington, D.C., sits on steps leading to the Lincoln Memorial, as she and other supporters of pop star Britney Spears participate in a #FreeBritney rally Wednesday.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) speaks to fans and supporters of Britney Spears.
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) Gaetz takes the microphone at a #FreeBritney rally near a Los Angeles courthouse during the singer’s guardianship hearing.
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About  150 people gather to support Britney Spears.
About 150 people crowded downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to support Britney Spears’ fight to end her conservatorship.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Back to story: Judge allows Britney Spears to hire her own lawyer in conservatorship case

A view of signs, a flag and a cardboard cutout of pop star Britney Spears.
Fans bring signs, a flag and a cardboard cutout of pop star Britney Spears to a #FreeBritney rally Wednesday near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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