From a Bay News 9 article, three lawyers who represented Bubba the Love Sponge Clem in his defamation trial are facing a trial of their own.
The facts of the charges are very serious and can be found here. A thin line between zealous representation of your client and illegal conduct may have been breached.
Lawyers Stephen Diaco, Adam Filthaut, and Robert Adams are accused in an ethics complaint filed by the Florida Bar. Attorneys for the men made an appearance on their behalf in a Pinellas County court where they argued to postpone the bar investigation. The lawyers want to wait until a pending FBI investigation is finished.
A judge presiding over the case with the Florida Bar decided not to postpone the case, saying it’s important for the public to know what happened.
The investigation stems from an alleged DUI setup involving a rival lawyer. The three attorneys from the law firm of Adams and Diaco are accused of using a legal aide to bait a rival lawyer in the middle of a trial. The trial was between Bubba the Love Sponge and Todd “MJ” Schnitt.
Court documents allege the men texted a Tampa Police officer to nab the other attorney while he was moving the legal aide’s car after a night at the bar. The attorney was arrested but charges were later dropped. The Tampa officer was then fired as a result of his actions in this incident.
The presiding judge said the trial should be set within six months.
If the Florida bar finds there was any wrongdoing, the lawyers involved could lose their licenses or be suspended and fined.
The FBI investigation into the incident is still pending.