Los Angeles judge terminates Britney Spears conservatorship

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Britney Spears' supporters gather outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles judge on Friday ended the conservatorship that has ruled the life of pop star Britney Spears since 2008.

“Effective today the conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is hereby terminated,” Judge Brenda Penny said after a hearing.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Chris Reese)