Joni Mitchell May Leave Hospital Soon

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Joni Mitchell before being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 12, 2013.

An attorney says ailing singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital in a few days.

Attorney Alan Watenmaker cited Mitchell's possible release as the reason for why one of the singer' longtime friends needed to be appointed as her conservator during a court hearing Monday.

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A judge agreed and gave Leslie Morris emergency powers to make decisions about Mitchell's health care and lifestyle.

Morris, Mitchell's friend of more than 40 years, petitioned last week to become the Grammy winner's conservator because there are no relatives who could serve.

Morris' petition, accompanied by a doctor's statement, stated that Mitchell was unconscious and unable to participate in her care. Mitchell's official website has said she is expected to make a full recovery.

No further information about Mitchell's health was discussed.