Jury Rules Bubba The Love Sponge Not Guilty Of Defamation
January 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM (PT)
A TAMPA jury took three hours of deliberation to find that BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE was not guilty of defamation, WTSP.COM reports. They did not believe the comments BUBBA "THE LOVE SPONGE" CLEM made on-air about radio rival TODD "MJ" SCHNITT and SCHNITT's wife MICHELLE were defamatory, thus no financial damages were awarded.
In closing arguments, the SCHNITTS' asserted that CLEM defamed SCHNITT "out of sheer hatred." CLEM's lawyer highlights the First Amendment's free speech guarantee and countered by saying that "context is everything." You can witness the final arguments, courtesy the TAMPA BAY TIMES, here.
After the trial, an alternate juror, ALANA WILSHIRE, spoke with the media and called the entire trial a waste of time and money. "I think MJ should put on his big girl panties and get over it," she told 10 News. "This is a waste of taxpayer money. I would rule in favor of BUBBA. I wouldn't give MJ a dime!"