Closing arguments expected in the Schnitt vs. Bubba defamation trial
7:14 AM, Jan 30, 2013
11:41 AM, Jan 30, 2013
TAMPA - For the past two and a half weeks, the defamation trial involving Bay area shock jocks Bubba the Love Sponge and Todd "MJ" Schnitt has played out in court. Today, it could all come to an end.
Closing arguments are scheduled for this morning, starting around 9 a.m.
Todd "MJ" Schnitt is suing Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem for derogatory comments he says Bubba made about his wife, Michelle, on the air.
Perhaps the biggest twist though - the one that brought the trial to a halt last week - was the DUI arrest of Phil Campbell, Schnitt's attorney.
He was pulled over last Wednesday night in downtown Tampa in a car that didn't belong to Campbell, but rather a paralegal for Bubba's representing firm.
There are even accusations that Bubba's attorney may have set the whole thing up. Things got so crazy at one point that Bubba's people called for a mistrial, stating no fair case could be had at this point. Judge James Arnold wasn't having that though - which brings us to today.
During this whole saga of a trial, Bubba's attorney has repeatedly said that this is not a trial of defamation, but rather an attack on the right to free speech.
Since the proceedings began on January 15 we have seen both shock jocks, MJ's wife, even the Hillsborough county state attorney take the stand - the latter assuring the courtroom that his office did not orchestrate the so-called setup of MJ's attorney.
MJ is seeking $15,000 in damages saying Bubba ruined his reputation and turned his fans against him.