Todd Alan Clem, better known by his legal name Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, has hosted shows on local and satellite radio stations with a national audience. (Wikipedia) [Photo: Times (2008)]
As controversy swirled and media coverage exploded following the court verdict this week that shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem did not defame rival radio star Todd "MJ" Schnitt, jury forewoman Kristy Craig feared a lesson was being lost.
One day after a jury ended five years of legal wrangling by ruling that shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem did not defame rival radio star Todd "MJ" Schnitt, both men hit the airwaves Thursday, taking questions from reporters in displays that often sounded like a broadcast rerun of the lawsuit trial.
TAMPA — The trial had two loud-mouth radio stars, lawyers accusing other lawyers of a DUI set-up and a price tag of likely more than $1 million, accrued during a five-year crawl through the legal system.
TAMPA — Five years after Todd "MJ Kelli" Schnitt sued his radio rival, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, it could all be over today.
It is a court case gone way off the tracks, with lawyers lawyering up, witnesses taking the Fifth, and those mouthy radio shock jocks fading into the background.
TAMPA — The Tampa Police Department says Sgt. Ray Fernandez did nothing wrong last week when he dispatched two officers on a tip from a longtime attorney friend that a man at Malio's Prime Steakhouse drinks and drives.
I had come to think of Tampa's ongoing shock jock trial, Todd "MJ" Schnitt suing Bubba the Love Sponge Clem for defamation, pretty much like this:
TAMPA — The lawyers had lawyers, and with Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and Todd "MJ" Schnitt's defamation trial taking the back seat Friday afternoon, the real drama could begin.
This one had it all.
TAMPA — The news of the day should have been about Michelle Schnitt taking the witness stand in a defamation trial, where she would testify about life as the wife of a shock jock at war.
TAMPA — On Tuesday, it wasn't about the "radio wars" or the things Bubba the Love Sponge Clem said on-air about Todd "MJ" Schnitt.