The trial involving two radio personalities was expected to be colorful, but it's being overshadowed by some serious allegations between their lawyers.
Last week, attorneys for Todd "MJ" Schnitt accused the other side of setting up lead attorney Phil Campbell for a DUI arrest when he left Tampa restaurant Malio's. They allege that the "setup" involved drinks with a paralegal who asked Campbell to move her car, and a tip called in to a Tampa Police officer by one of the firm's attorneys. The paralegal later ended up with Campbell's briefcase.
"This is far from usual," said attorney Joe Bodiford, who is not involved with the case but has been following it. "This is highly irregular."
Bodiford, who previously served on a grievance committee for the Florida bar, said that if the allegations are true, they could result in Florida Bar violations for attorneys and even criminal contempt or perjury charges if anyone lied under oath during testimony about the allegations.
The Florida Bar hasn't opened any files on the allegations, but does have an open file on Campbell regarding his DUI charge, said spokeswoman Francine Walker.
If the Bar does decide to look into the allegations, it wouldn't need a formal complaint to start an investigation. Florida bar rules of conduct prescribe that a lawyer shall not "engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation" or "engage in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. There are also guidelines for how to handle confidential information that is accidentally received.
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