Charles Philip Campbell Jr., the lawyer representing Tampa radio jock Todd "MJ" Schnitt, in the defamation case against fellow radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, was arrested Wednesday evening on D-U-I charges.
The 64-year old was arrested shortly after 10 p.m., near the intersection of Cass Street and E. Tampa Street.
According to police, Campbell was pulled over after failing to yield the right of way to another vehicle. Upon approaching the car, officer's detected "a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath," the report stated.
Campbell declined a breathalyzer test and was taken into custody. He posted bond and was released around 6 a.m., Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the judge in the defamation case dismissed the jury for the day. The case stems from some comments made by Clem on-air, about Schnitt and his wife, Michelle.
Campbell walked into the courthouse without speaking to the media, or commenting on his arrest.
Clem stopped and made a brief comment on his way out of the courthouse. He said he doesn't think it will impact the trial.
"I feel sorry for the jurors and bailiffs who had to come, and I missed a day of work," said Clem. "But it's just a bump in the road for the parties and they'll figure it out."
Clem's attorney, Stephen Diaco, said the situation shocked and disappointed him.
"This is a personal matter for Phil," Diaco said. "That's why I don't understand why anything has been delayed."
This is Campbell's second DUI arrest. He was previously arrested four years ago.
Diaco also pointed out that Campbell had formerly represented Clem.
"Bubba's former lawyer, Phil Campbell, that's who M.J. decided to hire to sue Bubba," said Diaco.
Attorney Kevin Hayslett called Campbell's arrest the sideshow to the circus that's already going on in the courtroom. He believes the arrest could end up hurting Schnitt.
"Now the jury could potentially look at their counsel and question not only the motive for the lawsuit, but perhaps the wisdom and legal input of their counsel," he said.
The jury was supposed to hear a half day of testimony Thursday, but the case will now resume at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Michelle Schnitt is expected to testify.
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