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Schnitt attorney charged with DUI, delaying shock jock trial

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM
TAMPA -

Thursday's testimony in the Todd "MJ" Schnitt civil suit was delayed a day after his attorney was arrested late Wednesday and charged with driving under the influence.

Charles Phillip Campbell Jr. was arrested at 10:08 p.m. at Cass and Tampa streets, not far from the downtown Tampa courthouse where the trial is taking place.

Schnitt is suing rival radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, accusing the rival of making defamatory remarks about Schnitt and his wife, Michelle.

The judge dismissed the jury and rescheduled testimony for Friday. A shortened day in court had been scheduled, with Michelle Schnitt expected to take the stand.

Campbell, 64, of 3304 Palmira Ave., was released from the jail at 6:18 a.m. today after posting bond of $500, according to the Hillsborough County Jail website.

Campbell's gray, four-door Nissan was observed by an officer violating the right of way of another vehicle, according to an arrest report. The officer stopped the car and observed Campbell with red and glassy eyes and the "distinct odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath," the report said.

Campbell refused to take a field sobriety test, according to the arrest report.

Campbell's firm, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, issued a statement Thursday on the arrest:

"The DUI charge against attorney Phil Campbell is certainly a serious matter. We have a high level of respect for law enforcement and the legal process," said managing partner Todd Timmerman.

"However, this development has nothing to do with Mr. and Mrs. Schnitt or their current defamation trial.  We will continue to advocate for Mr. and Mrs. Schnitt’s rights and have the utmost confidence in Mr. Campbell and our entire legal team as they continue to provide high-level legal counsel in this case."

This is the second time Campbell has been charged with DUI in Tampa. He was arrested July 14, 2008, at Azeele Street and Renellie Drive, according to the jail website. According to the website, he recorded a blood-alcohol count of 0.153 and 0.156, nearly twice the legal limit for drivers in Florida. He was jailed and released on $500 bond.

The adjudication of that case was not available.

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