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Document: Schnitt attorney offered to take paralegal home

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

As accusations of a DUI setup loom, we are starting to hear details of what may have happened the night Todd 'MJ' Schnitt's attorney Phil Campbell was arrested for DUI.

In the center of the legal quagmire is paralegal Melissa Personius. She works for the law firm that was representing radio rival Bubba 'the Love Sponge' Clem in the defamation lawsuit filed by Schnitt.

When we last heard from Personius, she wasn't saying much on the stand. But now, through court documents, we are hearing what appears to be Personius' version of what happened the night of January 23.

In court documents filed by Bubba's attorney, Greg Hearing says they want to nail down Phil Campbell's story.

"It will make them tell their version of what happened that night because noticeably absent of that hearing that one Friday was Phil Campbell, " said Hearing.

For instance, how much alcohol did he have that night? And did he buy drinks for Personius?

The list includes other allegations:

  • That Campbell 'Googled' himself on his phone and showed the results to Personius while the two were socializing at Malios.
  • That Campbell offered to drive Personius to his apartment in her car.
  • That Campbell offered to park Personius' car at his apartment.
  • That Campbell offered to let Personius come up to his apartment "until such time as she was no longer impaired by alcohol."

Tampa attorney Anthony Rickman calls the legal questioning by Bubba's team clever.

"They got that question from somewhere. They just didn't pull it out of thin air. So it tells you someone on their side is saying this is what happened; admit it happened, Mr. Campbell," said Rickman.

But, Rickman added, don't expect Campbell to share much, if anything. "As long as his DUI case is pending, I anticipate him invoking his Fifth Amendment right."

Other questions have to do with his legal briefcase that he left in Personius' car after his arrest. One question states Campbell never asked police to bring his trial bag to jail or otherwise secure it.

While we haven't heard Campbell's version of what occurred that night, Rickman says we may never know.


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