Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tampa Radio: Bubba Speaks-up for His Attorney

Tampa radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has responded to news that federal authorities were investigating his friend and attorney Stephen Diaco in typical form, spending much of his show this morning excoriating Tampa Bay Times writer/columnist Sue Carlton and alleging the coverage was the result of a conspiracy among the city’s power elite.

Carlton co-authored a story on May 23 reporting that FBI agents seized cellphones from Diaco and a Tampa police sergeant in connection with allegations that the lawyer’s firm set-up opposing counsel for a DUI arrest midway through a high profile trial.

Diaco’s firm was defending Clem in a defamation lawsuit brought by rival radio personality Todd “MJ” Schnitt. When opposing lawyer C. Philip Campbell was arrested for DUI after driving the car of a woman who turned out to be a paralegal at Diaco’s firm – Campbell said she lied about where she worked as they drank together that night – allegations flew that the arrest had been arranged. (Schnitt is now suing his attorneys, Click Here.)

But despite lots of bluster, Clem offered no concrete proof this morning of allegations that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and local attorney John Fitzgibbons, a former federal prosecutor-turned criminal attorney, had used their influence to get a federal investigation started into the case and spark Carlton’s stories.

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