FL attorney who was set-up for DUI by opponent has case dropped

Back in January, I blogged about Florida attorney Charles Phil Campbell, who was allegedly set-up for a DUI by the law firm that he was opposing in a local high-profile lawsuit between two “shock jock” DJs.

Then in April, I blogged again once the arrest video was released to the general public.  Then I said that Campbell did not look intoxicated and it did not seem that there was sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.  And as it turns out, the prosecutors on the case have agreed and decided to drop the case.

From Bay News 9:

The lawyer who became a story himself during the Bubba the Love Sponge Clem-Todd “MJ” Schnitt defamation trial will not face DUI charges.

The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office announced Monday it has dropped the charges against attorney Philip Campbell.

Campbell, 64, who represented Schnitt during the defamation trial involving the Tampa-based radio personalities earlier this year, was arrested during the trial on DUI charges.

Pinellas-Pasco authorities, who were handed the investigation from the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office to avoid any conflict of interest, said there was not sufficient evidence to go forward with any prosecution.

Investigators said several people who were with Campbell on Jan. 23 said he “looked fine and did not appear to be under the influence.”

Schnitt’s team hinted that Campbell’s DUI was a setup – that Melissa Personius, a paralegal for Clem’s attorney Stephen Diaco, met up with Campbell on that evening, bought him drinks and then asked him to move her car.

Schnitt’s attorneys claim that’s when Campbell was arrested on a DUI charge by Tampa police.

When that happened, MJ’s legal team claims, Campbell left his trial bag, which contained important, confidential documents, in Personius’ car. He had no idea that Personius was a paralegal for Diaco’s law firm.

2 thoughts on “FL attorney who was set-up for DUI by opponent has case dropped

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