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Verdict doesn't change Todd Schnitt's opinion

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Todd "M.J. Kelli" Schnitt may have left the courthouse Wednesday afternoon without commenting on the verdict in his defamation case, but he was back on the airwaves, giving his opinion the very next afternoon.

"Today begins a new, normal schedule for me, as my court case is over," he told listeners of his afternoon talk show, The Schnitt Show. He held a press conference live on the air, taking questions from reporters.

Schnitt and his radio rival, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, have been battling it out in court over numerous defamation claims for five years. Clem called Schnitt's wife, Michelle, names. He also told his radio audience that Schnitt rigged contests, and the arbitron ratings. The Schnitts said his attacks have caused them hurt and humiliation.

"The jury decided, and we lost the case," he said, matter of factly.

Clem has said the verdict protects free speech and the First Amendment. Schnitt has a different take on the situation. He said the verdict only protects Clem's ability to attack other people. He said he expects there to be more victims.

"Don't even go there. It has nothing to do with that," he said, of the First Amendment. "Because you can't maliciously lie about somebody."

The verdict has stopped the conversation, either. Schnitt has been inundated on Twitter with profane and vulgar messages, which he said are mainly from members of "Bubba's Army," listeners who are loyal to Clem.

 

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