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Schnitt lawyer's DUI case assigned to Pinellas State Attorney

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 01:32 PM

Gov. Rick Scott has assigned Pinellas County State Attorney Bernie McCabe to investigate the DUI case involving a lawyer for Tampa radio personality Todd Schnitt.

The arrest of attorney Phil Campbell became a side story in the defamation case Schnitt lost against shock jock rival Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober asked to have the case reassigned because he was subpoenaed by Campbell to testify in the trial and wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Scott's order assigns McCabe to the case until Feb. 8, 2014.

Attorney Phil Campbell was pulled over Jan. 23 by Tampa police after a paralegal for Adams & Diaco, the firm representing Clem, bought him alcoholic drinks at Malio's. Campbell was charged with driving under the influence.

Schnitt's legal team claimed the arrest was a setup.

Also, Campbell's briefcase was in the possession of Adams & Diaco employees for several hours after the arrest.

Schnitt's attorneys cited the events involved in the arrest in a request for mistrial and motion for retrial.

A six-member jury ruled Jan. 30 in favor of Clem. Schnitt filed the lawsuit, accusing Clem of making defamatory remarks about Schnitt and his wife, Michelle.

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