TAMPA (FOX 13) - Attorney Phil Campbell says he put his heart and soul into this case. "I believe they had a good case. More importantly these were two people and a family that were just getting hammered by Mr. Clem."
Campbell was hired by radio star Todd "MJ" Schnitt and his wife Michelle to go after radio rival Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem for calling Michelle derogatory names on his radio show.
But Campbell said the four-year legal tussle leading up to the trial turned ugly and contentious -- that finding dirt and spreading seedy rumors about Bubba became an obsession of the Schnitts.
"Mr. Schnitt got a call from a lady who was a reported prostitute who said she had a relationship with Mr. Clem. Mr. Schnitt wanted to call her back; I said no," explained Campbell.
Campbell says there was never any link to Bubba and a prostitute, but he says the Schnitts pushed it anyway.
But it wasn't just the Schnitts playing dirty. Members of the law firm hired by Bubba were just found guilty last May of setting up Phil Campbell for a DUI arrest. A Tampa police officer was fired over it. Stephen Diaco just lost his legal license; the other two lawyers are still fighting to keep theirs.
It's vindication for Campbell nearly three years later. "Probably one of the most difficult, hard-fought cases that I've ever been involved in," he offered.
Schnitt lost his defamation lawsuit against Bubba and the law firm representing Schnitt say they were never paid. The law firm of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick is suing Schnitt for unpaid legal fees, and he is counter-suing, saying the defamation case was not winnable.
The trial is expected to wrap up next week.