TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court may suspend three lawyers accused of orchestrating the DUI arrest of a rival attorney even before the final outcome of the case.
Senior Pinellas Judge W. Douglas Baird has already recommended the attorneys’ permanent disbarment.
But the court this week gave the lawyers until Dec. 22 to explain why they shouldn’t be suspended before a final ruling.
Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut represented radio host Bubba The Love Sponge Clem in a defamation lawsuit brought by a rival radio host, Todd “MJ” Schnitt.
Schnitt was represented by lawyer Phil Campbell, who was charged with DUI in January 2013, during the trial. The Florida Bar said Diaco, Adams and Filthaut set Campbell up and used a paralegal and a Tampa police officer to help.