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Order: Attorneys suspended for DUI setup case

Posted: 3:48 PM, Jan 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-15 22:21:42Z
Florida's Supreme Court has ordered three attorneys found guilty in the high-profile "shock jock" trial be suspended from practicing law.
 
The ruling means Stephen Diaco, Adam Filthaut and Robert Adams have 30 days to stop practicing law and are not allowed to accept no new clients.
 
In August, Judge W. Douglas Baird, who served as the referee for the Florida Bar recommended the three attorneys be permanently disbarred.  
 
The Supreme Court is currently weighing a decision to permanently disbar all three.
 
Judge Baird also ordered each attorney pay $14,178.28 in court costs.
 
THE BACK STORY:
 
The three embattled attorneys were found guilty in July 2015 of multiple ethics violations for their involvement in a side show drama during the 2013 multimillion-dollar defamation trial involving radio hosts Bubba the Love Sponge and Todd "MJ" Schnitt.
Bubba's attorneys, Diaco, Filthaut and Adams were found guilty of coordinating with a paralegal at their firm to schmooze Campbell one night, get him tipsy and convince him to drive her car home.
 
During the trial, Schnitt's attorney, Phil Campbell, was arrested in a setup for drunk driving. The DUI charge was eventually dropped.
 
Text and phone records would later reveal that Bubba's legal team tipped off their friend, who was a Tampa police sergeant, right on cue. Campbell was arrested.
 
That sergeant was later fired.
 
In July 2015, Judge Baird ruled Tuesday that Diaco, Filthaut and Adams acted "deliberately and maliciously" in causing Campbell's arrest.
 
He also ruled that Campell's briefcase, which was left in the paralegal's car after his arrest, was not returned by Diaco and Adams in a timely fashion.