Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Prosecutors' inquiry into shock jocks' lawyers nears end

TAMPA — A prosecutor from the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office indicated Wednesday that they have nearly completed their investigation of attorney C. Philip Campbell's drunken-driving arrest.

Assistant State Attorney Bill Loughery asked Hillsborough County Judge Dick Greco Jr. for another 30 days, indicating they would be done by then.

Campbell, a Tampa lawyer who represented DJ Todd "MJ" Schnitt in a defamation lawsuit against Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, is at the center of allegations of a DUI setup. He was arrested the night of Jan. 23 after drinking at Malio's downtown. That arrest came at the height of the shock jocks' civil trial, spurring claims that Campbell was set up by opposing counsel with the help of a DUI sergeant close to a lawyer from the firm representing Clem.

That firm, Adams & Diaco, has denied any wrongdoing.

The investigation of the case is a John Grisham novel come to life. Last week, in a separate but parallel investigation, federal agents seized the cellphones of attorney Stephen Diaco and Tampa police Sgt. Ray Fernandez, the DUI officer who staked out Campbell that night.

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