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More witnesses called for defense in Bubba/Schnitt trial

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Bubba the Love Sponge Clem's attorneys ended another morning of testimony Tuesday, asking the judge once again to dismiss several allegations in the defamation case against him. 

Attorney Greg Hearing said attorneys for Todd "MJ" Schnitt haven't proven their case. 

"He's (Bubba) obnoxious, absurd, he's a shock jock," Hearing told the judge. "It may be offensive, but it's protected."

Judge James Arnold didn't make a decision on the argument before breaking for lunch. 

Clem's defense team also tested its case Tuesday morning. They called two witnesses. First, Brent Hatley, a former Clem executive producer. Then they called Kimberly Collelo, a former MJ morning show employee know on air as  "Jabberjaw."

She rebutted earlier testimony that the Schnitt's feared for their safety and felt harassed by members of "Bubba's Army." 

Schnitt and his wife, Michelle, are suing Clem for defamation. They allege he took a radio war between the two shock jocks too far. 

Before court started this morning, Norman Cannella, an attorney representing Stephen Diaco, spoke in court. He expressed concern that Schnitt's attorneys have subpoenaed phone records in connection with the DUI arrest of Schnitt's attorney Phil Campbell. There are allegations Clem's attorneys set him up. 

Judge Arnold would not hear his concerns. 

The jury was dismissed Tuesday directly after lunch. They will be back Wednesday morning at 8:30. 

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