TAMPA - The jury has been dismissed for the weekend in the defamation trial involving radio personalities Todd "MJ" Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.
But the fireworks continued without them.
The trial took yet another strange turn Friday morning when Schnitt's attorneys asked the judge to declare a mistrial.
His defense team alleged that Wednesday night's DUI arrest of Schnitt's lead attorney, Phil Campbell, was set up by an employee of Bubba's lawyer.
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After the jury was sent home, Judge James Arnold called for an afternoon session to address, among other things, the DUI issue. The arresting officer, Sgt. Ray Fernandez, testified, as did others involved in the incident surrounding the DUI and the handling of a briefcase that belonged to Campbell, but ended up in the hands of Clem's legal team.
The day ended without a mistrial decision from the judge, and Bubba Clem walking out of the courthouse shaking his head. "It's like an episode of South Park," he said.
Meanwhile, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor issued a written statement addressing the matter: "It is unfortunate that the Tampa Police Department has been dragged into this circus. We stand behind our officer. He did what DUI officers do every day, and that is arrest impaired drivers.”
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